Friday, January 4, 2013


Hope. I loved the exquisite prose in Lauren Groff’s novel, Arcadia. Here’s a sample of one sentence I read twice: “He thinks of the rotten parachute they played with as kids in Arcadia: they hurtle through life aging unimaginably fast, but each grasps a silken edge of memory that billows between them and softens the long fall.” If you like that sentence, chances are you’ll like the whole book which presents protagonist Bit Stone, who was born in an upstate New York commune named Arcadia. Groff presents his life from the late 1960s to 2018. The commune was built on hope, and Bit’s hope survives great upheaval. This story of family and community was a great start for me to a new year of rewarding reading. Rating: Five-star (I love it) Click here to purchase Arcadia from

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