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"Timeless and vast... The raw beauty of Ms. Groff's prose is one of the best things about Arcadia . But it is by no means this book's only kind of splendor." ---Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"Even the most incidental details vibrate with life Arcadia wends a harrowing path back to a fragile, lovely place you can believe in." ---Ron Charles, The Washington Post

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 centered on the grounds of a decaying mansion called Arcadia House. Arcadia follows this romantic utopian dream from its hopeful start through its heyday. Arcadia's inhabitants include Handy, the charismatic leader; his wife, Astrid, a midwife; Abe, a master carpenter; Hannah, a baker and historian; and Abe and Hannah's only child, Bit. While Arcadia rises and falls, Bit, too, ages and changes. He falls in love with Helle, Handy's lovely, troubled daughter. And eventually he must face the world beyond Arcadia.

In Arcadia , Groff displays her literary gifts to stunning effect.

"Fascinating."- -- People (****)

"It's not possible to write any better without showing off." ---Richard Russo, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Empire Falls

"Dazzling." --- Vogue
Publisher: New York : Voice/Hyperion, c2012.
ISBN: 9781401342784
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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ArapahoeAnnaL Mar 05, 2018

Have you ever hoped to find friendship and love in a commune?

Oct 24, 2016

Fates and Furies was one of my favorite books of last year; looking forward to another from this author.

Jun 02, 2016

Descriptions of life on the commune are rich and fully realized. I believe in this place called Arcadia, but somehow I could not completely believe in or care about the characters in the same way. The theme of noticing and accepting the moment held my interest.

Apr 20, 2016

After reading the reviews here, I was prepared to not like this book, but it is thought-provoking in so many ways. It examines freedom, free will, democracy, leadership, death while still living and actual death, etc. Sure there is a lot of philosophy, but it is all organically woven into the story.

It makes us examine whether we are really present in our lives; for example, while he is watching a sunrise:
“watching the dawn slip in. He can’t remember the last time he quietly watched this drama unfold; what could possibly be so important that it kept him from doing this? When did he become a person who stopped noticing? First the moon dims, and in the east there’s a sit in the belly of the sky. A trickle of light pours over the hills, over the Amish farms, over the country roads, over the limit of Arcadia, the miles and miles of forest, startling the songbirds and lighting the dew from within. . . In a breath, the day is full upon him.”

It contemplates many issues related to Community: community in worlds set apart, such as the Amish, or a commune, is juxtaposed with community that can be found in a crowded city.

Nov 23, 2015

Loved it so much, I'm making my mom read it now. Sweet and funny and incredibly visceral - veering towards the sadness lurking underneath at all times. Her story telling makes your mind paint pictures and you can't help but fall in love with Bit. Despite feeling like a warning in some ways, and the dystopia-style ending, i left this book with a sense of happiness. Truly a great read.

Sep 12, 2015

This book was beautifully written with lovely prose. I was consistently in awe of Groff's ability to use words and craft this spellbinding story. She does an excellent job creating the world of Arcadia and exploring the emotional effects of growing up in a hippie commune.

Aug 04, 2015

This tragedy of a 1960s-style commune (rise and fall) is a delightful read. Lauren Groff possesses a rare storytelling gift that keeps you on the edge of your seat. And though these characters have their flaws, you end up loving them.

Jul 22, 2015

This is a pensive, lyrical and emotional story, great for those who love character-driven novels. I didn't especially like Groff's first novel but adored this one - glad I went back to give her a second try, because this one is excellent.

Jun 29, 2014

One of my favorite books of all time! This book still continues to feel like a dream I once had. Lovely story!

Jun 04, 2014

Great book! Quick read and written so well! Love Lauren Groff!

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