Lauren Groff


Well, it had to come eventually. I tried to make it last as long as possible, stretching out the reading as long as I could. I just didn’t want this book to end. I wanted to live at Arcadia, in spite of the druggies and other problems. I wanted the innocence that the main character, Bit, had. An dispassionate observer of life, Bit loves Arcadia, but when his parents become disillusioned and leave, he goes with them. What happens to him in the ‘real world’ makes up the second half of this book.

Thrust out from Eden, Bit continues as an impartial observer, making his living as a photographer and teacher. Caring for his mother, loving his daughter, and missing his wife, he continues life as the innocent he started.

Groff’s luminous writing makes this a book to savor and reread. I already miss her world.


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