From the bestselling author of The Monsters of Templeton
comes a lyrical and gripping story of a great American dream.
In the fields of western New York state in the 1970s, a few
dozen idealists set out to live off the land, founding what would become a
commune centered on the grounds of a decaying mansion called Arcadia House. Arcadia
follows this romantic, rollicking, and tragic utopian dream from its
hopeful start through its heyday and after.
Arcadia’s inhabitants include Handy, a musician and the
group’s charismatic leader; Astrid, a midwife; Abe, a master carpenter; Hannah,
a baker and historian; and Abe and Hannah’s only child, the book’s protagonist,
Bit, who is born soon after the commune is created.
While Arcadia rises and falls, Bit, too, ages and changes.
If he remains in love with the peaceful agrarian life in Arcadia and deeply
attached to its residents—including Helle, Handy and Astrid’s lithe and deeply
troubled daughter—how can Bit become his own man? How will he make his way
through life and the world outside of Arcadia where he must eventually live?
With Arcadia, her first novel since her lauded debut,
The Monsters of Templeton, Lauren Groff establishes herself not only as
one of the most gifted young fiction writers at work today but also as one of
our most accomplished literary artists. Download and start listening now!