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Random House, Apr 5, 2012 - Fiction - 304 pages
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In the fields of western New York State in the 1970s, on the grounds of a decaying mansion called Arcadia House, a few dozen idealists set out to live off the land. Abe and Hannah’s only child, Bit, is born into the commune soon after its creation. He grows up there, becoming deeply attached to Arcadia's way of life and everyone within it, in particular the beautiful but troubled Helle. While Arcadia rises and falls, Bit, too, ages and changes. He needs to find a way to live in the world beyond Arcadia, but can he let go of the past to forge a new start?

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Groff's prose is lovely and rich in imagery. - LibraryThing
The prose rings like a bell and howls like a dog. - LibraryThing
The storytelling is excellent. - LibraryThing
Good writing, interesting characters. - LibraryThing
The language is eloquent, the verbal visuals stunning. - LibraryThing
There is some wonderful prose here. - LibraryThing

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Okay, anyone considering writing a book on the hippie communes of the 1960s - 1970s: put down your pen and start pondering a different novel. This is the be-all, end-all, final word on all that. The ... Read full review

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Beautiful story embedded in elegant and breathtaking prose. Heartbreaking yet hopeful. Will be carried with me for a long, long time. I anticipate many re-reads and new discoveries each time. A story ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Lauren Groff was born in Cooperstown, New York. She has a BA from Amherst College and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has won fellowships to the Vermont Studio Center and Yaddo. Her debut novel, The Monsters of Templeton, was a New York Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Orange Broadband Award for New Writers 2008. She lives in Gainesville, Florida.

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