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New York Times Bestseller "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"show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 298 pages
  • 132 x 202 x 24mm | 258.55g
  • Hyperion Books
  • United States
  • English
  • 140134190X
  • 9781401341909
  • 132,796

About Lauren Groff

Lauren Groff is the author of the New York Times bestselling MONSTERS OF TEMPLETON and the critically acclaimed short story collection DELICATE EDIBLE BIRDS. She has a BA from Amherst College and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her short stories have appeared in several literary publications, including The Atlantic Monthly and Ploughshares, and she has won fellowships to the Vermont Studio Center and more

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