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Now a novel, one full life enclosed in covers. Our narrator is Ridley Stoner — Bit or Little Bit as he is known, who is born to Hannah and Abe in their car as they are travelling with a group of idealists to Arcadia House. Troff lived that life myself, I can say that these characters and their circumstances really aren’t so stereotypical as one might imagine.

Arcadia by Lauren Groff – review

View all 7 comments. Following a brief prologue, representing a pre-natal memory, the novel comprises four parts, with leaps of a decade or more between them, leaving memory and conjecture to fill in the blanks.

This was a beautifully written book about family biological and otherwiselove, responsibility, relationships, and the unique pull of one’s upbringing. You want to shake him out of his benevolent, almost masochistic passivity.

I would often hike up behind the falls with a book and a lunch and just imagine what it’d be like to live in a place like that Who wants to clean the kitchen while everybody else is getting high with a little help from their friends?

There’s somewhat of a year linear continuum followed from the the utopian ideals the commune was conceived from, to without trying to spoil much a sorta dystopian view of the world, and is followed through the eyes of Bit, a child of the commune “the littlest bit of a hippie” at four different ages of his life at 5, at 14, then in his late 30s, and finally in his 50s.


The result is a sense, almost, of magical My rating for this fine novel is a solid 4. This book touched me really deeply–I have lived in an intentional community, and my mother died from ALS, like Bit’s mother. You will treat all living creatures with respect.

View all 6 comments. Oh, Bit, you can write? Books by Lauren Groff. The requited maternal ecstasy the author feels for Bit, combined with turgid storytelling results in a novel that could be a one-page love poem, and in that sense feels pages too long. Prepare to put all your bank accounts and trust funds into a communal pot, ’causeeveryone who joins must give everything they have.

Lauren Groff | Arcadia

What does it mean for a girl to have a “sweet cupcake face” anyway? Groff’s effort is the riskier of the two works, and largely succeeds. Groff writes Bit’s story with such sensitivity that I could not help but feel protective toward this very endearing character.

The world is in quarantine, retreating from a deadly flu flung out from Southeast Asia. I liked Monsters of Templeton a lot, but this one reached down my throat and grabbed my heart and squeezed it, hard.

This novel is full of many colorful characters with equally colorful names; but the main focus of the story is on a particular family unit I recommend – stepping aside from all your techno gear, get off your mobile phone, turn off your laptop, and come and spend some time with a group of people who thought they had a better way of living life — Highly Recommended 4.

I wondered over and over again what the moral of the story was—because it seemed clear to me there was supposed to be some kind of moral in all this. Lauren Groff’s literary gifts are evident in this book and the pleasure of them is all ours. The book starts when Bit is only five years old, and I felt that portion of the book was the most difficult to engage with, perhaps because you were seeing things through his young eyes, however unique a perspective that provided.


The narrative is predictable enough.

In an ‘ideal’ world, a group of people coming together to live simply off the land, taking care of each other, being responsible for each other, sharing everything and living by their own rules Oh – and you’re allowed three inches of warm bathwater each gfoff. Jan 28, Snotchocheez rated it really liked it. Lauren Groff was born in Cooperstown, N. I have to sleep with Abe and Hannah. Bit is raised to adolescence in this agrarian Utopia, separated from the hazards of the world which include sugar, animal by-products, television and currencysurrounded by the constancy of his parents, Abe and Hannah, and by a community that protects and embraces this quiet and keen observer.

My first time arcavia in 2nd grade, and I wasn’t terribly excited about the teacher’s explanation of what an arboretum was “house of flowers?

This story is true, and moving, and very heartening. Barbara Fraser I was disappointed about that also. Groff is an astonishingly gifted writer. As this story demonstrates, however, that never seems to be the way things work out. I was still interested in the story – in a beach-read, what-happens-next kind of way goff but not engaged by the characters in the same way.