Arcadia

By Lauren Groff
(Random House Export, Paperback, 9780434019632)

Publication Date: March 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Hardcover, Paperback, Hardcover

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“I am left almost speechless by the beauty and raw reality of this book. The story is centered around a boy named Bit -- nicknamed for his small size. Groff splits the narrative into two parts: in the first, we watch Bit grow up in a utopian wooded commune in the early '70s; in the next part, Bit is an adult, a father raising his own child in New York City. Grofff's wonderful use of language brings us into Bit's world -- the intimacy, wonder, confusion, worry, and unwavering hope he holds as a child and the struggle, shattering grief, and quiet determined bravery he develops as a man. Stunning!”
-- Susan McCloskey, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA



NPR
Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012

Hang on tight. These five new works of fiction will take you on an exhilarating ride. Brace yourself for a noir he-said-she-said, an R-rated version of Marie Antoinette's life and death, a haunting tale from a back-to-nature commune and Toni Morrison's lush Home. More at NPR.org

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NPR
Sunday, Jun 17, 2012

Lynn Neary talks to three critics about the books you absolutely shouldn't miss this summer. Critic Laura Miller of Salon.com, says it's a particularly rich literary summer because in election years, publishers release their juiciest books before the fall. More at NPR.org

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  1. Thinking of Arcadia at its best moments, which of its values and tenets seem healthy and important for an individual? For a social group?

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