RM Book Lounge – Arcadia by Lauren Groff

Looking back on our past – especially our childhood, it’s very easy for the bad parts to slip away, leaving only idyllic memories.  In Lauren Groff’s novel Arcadia, this seems to be how memory serves “Bit,” a boy raised in a commune until age 14 when the commune fell apart and he was forced to go live in the “Outside.”  Years later, “Bit” has the opportunity to revisit the commune “Arcadia” and hopefully heal the injuries caused him by his painful transition from commune life to the real world.

Arcadia by Lauren Groff

“Lauren Groff’s “Arcadia” is so immersed in the life of a hippie commune that patchouli ought to waft off its pages. It’s a novel of the 1960s and ’70s in which acid is dropped, groats are served, “Froggie Went A Courtin’ ” is sung, a cult leader is worshiped and somebody literally hugs a tree.”Janet Maslin, The New York Times

A riveting chronicle of the rise and fall of an upstate New York commune as seen through the eyes of Ridley “Bit” Sorrel Stone — you could guess his parents were hippies even without the telltale use of the word “commune” — “Arcadia” is a vivid portrait of an idealistic community undone by the things that undo us all: selfishness, hunger for power, lust for an ill-defined freedom and the very times in which we live. – Connie Ogle, The Standard-Examiner

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Elysha Schickel

After four years of college and creating many answers to the question “So, what next?” Elysha Schickel is starting to figure it all out.  An avid reader who is addicted to researching anything that sparks her interest, and who loves to spread her knowledge to everyone she knows, Elysha is thrilled that at RebelMom, she’s found a way to combine all these interests with her love of writing.   She’s a recent graduate of Providence College with a B.A. in Humanities.

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