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Arcadia

(2012)
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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 Handy and Astrid's lithe and deeply troubled daughter, Helle - 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.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Richly peopled and ambitious and oh, so lovely, Lauren Groff's Arcadia is one of the most moving and satisfying novels I've read in a long time. It's not possible to write any better without showing off." - Richard Russo

"Arcadia feels true, as do the characters who populate this extraordinary novel, which lingers on passing moments in time and highlights the importance of place in preserving not only our memories, but also ourselves." - Hannah Tinti

"Part Stone Diaries, part Lord of the Flies, part something out of a Shakespearean tragedy, Lauren Groff's Arcadia is so uniquely absorbing that you finish it as if waking from a dream. Groff is one of our most talented writers, and Arcadia one of the most revelatory, magical, and ambitious novels I've read in years." - Kate Walbert


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June 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: Arcadia (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic Series)
Author(s): Lauren Groff
ISBN: 1-4104-4861-4 / 978-1-4104-4861-3 (USA edition)
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April 2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: Arcadia
Author(s): Lauren Groff
ISBN: 0-434-01962-3 / 978-0-434-01962-5 (UK edition)
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March 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: Arcadia
Author(s): Lauren Groff
ISBN: 1-4013-4087-3 / 978-1-4013-4087-2 (USA edition)
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Paperback Editions

July 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: Arcadia: A Novel
Author(s): Lauren Groff
ISBN: 0-316-43470-1 / 978-0-316-43470-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hachette Books
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April 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Arcadia
Author(s): Lauren Groff
ISBN: 0-09-953725-7 / 978-0-09-953725-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Windmill Books
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October 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Arcadia
Author(s): Lauren Groff
ISBN: 1-4013-4190-X / 978-1-4013-4190-9 (USA edition)
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March 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Arcadia
Author(s): Lauren Groff
ISBN: 0-434-01963-1 / 978-0-434-01963-2 (UK edition)
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September 2012 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Arcadia
Author(s): Lauren Groff
ISBN: 1-4712-1302-1 / 978-1-4712-1302-1 (UK edition)
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September 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Arcadia
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September 2012 : Australia Audio edition
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September 2012 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Arcadia
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March 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Arcadia
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April 2012 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Arcadia
Author(s): Lauren Groff
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March 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Arcadia
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