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Arcadia (Hardcover)

Author:  Lauren Groff
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Format: Hardcover Large Print
ISBN-10: 1410448614
ISBN-13: 9781410448613
Sku: 230247621
Publish Date: 6/22/2012
Pages:  462
Age Range:  4 to 16
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From the Publisher:
In the fields of western New York State in the 1970s, a few dozen idealists set out to live off the land, founding a commune on the grounds of a decaying mansion called Arcadia House. They include Abe, a master carpenter; Hannah, a baker and historian; and Abe and Hannah's only child, Bit, born soon after the commune. Through Bit, Arcadia follows this romantic, rollicking, and tragic utopian dream from its hopeful start through its heyday and beyond.
Ridley Sorrel Stone, nicknamed "Bit," is growing up on a commune that his idealistic parents have helped to build. Despite their lofty goals of utopian living, the residents of Arcadia suffer continuous hunger, illness, and exposure to the elements. Bit, an introspective child, takes comfort in books as the community splinters and disbands. Looking back from the vantage point of adulthood, Bit--who ultimately marries, has children, and becomes a photographer--begins to understand the ways in which Arcadia has shaped him and continues to affect his life. Groff is widely celebrated for her lyrical prose and insight into human nature, and ARCADIA confirms those assessments. Selected by the editors of the New York Times Book Reviews for its list of 100 Notable Books of 2012.


"It's a sensitive and skillfully written portrait of an eccentric bunch of survivors who are both damaged and sustained by their experience, and Groff spins their stories into a moving look at the value of human connection in a scary, chaotic world." - Rob Brunner 03/14/2012

"[The novel contains] lovely writing and memorable characters who are haunted by the past. [Groff] makes us slow down and pay attention to a story that at first doesn't seem promising." - Bob Minzesheimer 03/15/2012

"Ms. Groff has taken a quaint, easily caricatured community and given it true universality, not just the knee-jerk kind that Arcadian platitudes espoused. Even more unexpectedly, she has expanded this period piece so that it stretches from 1965 to 2018, coaxing forth a remarkable amount of suspense from the way her characters change over time. And a book that might have been small, dated and insular winds up feeling timeless and vast." - Janet Maslin 03/19/2012

"[Groff has written] a dazzling and unforgettable second novel." - Elissa Schappell 03/13/2012

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   00
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0462
Product attributePublisher:   Thorndike Press
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