Sunday, July 06, 2014


by Lauren Groff

Our story begins with Bit. Bit is the son of Abe and Hannah, residents of a commune in western New York State. Arcadia.

Life at Arcadia is horrifying: poverty, selfishness by their leader, Handy, and a general lack of good nutrition, hygiene, and medical care.

What follows is the story of a family, a commune, and life after Arcadia.

This novel starts out very slowly—so slowly that I almost gave up on it. But Bit held my interest (and my heartstrings). I really wanted to know what happened to him.

All in all, a satisfying read.


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