Exiles in Eden

Exiles in Eden

Paul Reyes

2.16.2011

Paul Reyes

Paul Reyes is the former editor at large of The Oxford American and currently is a contributing editor with Virginia Quarterly Review. While working with The OA, he both edited and contributed a wide range of articles, including profiles, criticism, and essays, and produced several multimedia features for its website. He began his career in journalism grinding it out as a fact-checker for such magazines as Lingua Franca, Talk, The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, and GQ.

In addition to The OA and VQR, his writing has appeared in Harper’s, the New York Times, Slate, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, Details, Men’s Vogue, and Mississippi Review. He is a 2009 National Magazine Award finalist for Feature Writing, and a 2010 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow. His first book, Exiles in Eden: Life Among the Ruins of Florida’s Great Recession, is published by Henry Holt & Co.

While working with his father’s small company that enters and empties foreclosed homes in Florida, former Oxford American editor-at-large Paul Reyes wrote "Exiles in Eden: Life Among the Ruins of Florida’s Great Recession," a personal portrayal of his own family and the people and communities affected by the foreclosure crisis.

From examining the unique "ecosystems" of each failed mortgage to witnessing parts of abandoned Florida returning to its wild natural state, Reyes ventures far from the machinations of Wall Street to the sun-baked side streets where the true costs of the crisis can be seen.