Drop City

Drop City

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It is the seventies, at the height of flower power. Star has just joined Drop City, a hippie commune in sunny California living the simple, natural life. But underneath the drugs, music and transcendent bliss, she slowly discovers tensions and sexual rivalries that threaten to split the community apart. A world away in Boynton, a tiny town in the interior of Alaska, Sess Harder, a pioneer who actually does live off the land, hunting, trapping and fishing, yearns for someone to share the harsh winters with him. When the authorities threaten to close down Drop City, the hippies abandon camp and head up north to Alaska, the last frontier. But neither they nor the inhabitants of Boynton are completely prepared for each other - and as the two communities collide, unexpected friendships and dangerous enmities are born. Revealing human behaviour at its rawest, tenderest and most compelling, T.C. Boyle portrays the two communities in vivid detail, bringing them together in a dramatic conclusion. Epic and gripping, this is a magnificent novel from one of America's finest novelists.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 464 pages
  • 158 x 238 x 48mm | 821.02g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747560390
  • 9780747560395

About T. C Boyle

T.C. Boyle's novels include WORLD'S END winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, THE TORTILLA CURTAIN, RIVEN ROCK,WATER MUSIC and FRIEND OF THE EARTH. His stories appear regularly in most major magazines, including The New Yorker, Esquire, Playboy, Granta and The Paris Review. He lives in California.show more

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The author of Tortilla Curtain and other novels has come up with a new one set in the 1970s at the height of flower power. Drop City is a hippy commune in California devoted to peace, free love and a simple lifestyle. Star has just joined, but finds that inevitably there are problems of people, sanitation, sex and even colour. Before too long Drop City is threatened with closure, and the hippies make for Alaska, where they hope to find peace and a free life. However, problems arise from a small town in the interior of Alaska called Boynton whose inhabitants don't welcome the newcomers. It is a vivid, lively tale which explores the hippy world with a penetrating eye.show more

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10,073 ratings
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5 25% (2,550)
4 42% (4,258)
3 25% (2,487)
2 6% (620)
1 2% (158)
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