Our Arcadia

Our Arcadia

by Robin Lippincott


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Inspired by their desire to explore the question, "How to Live?" Nora Hartley and Lark Marin buy a house in Truro, on Cape Cod, to create a haven for themselves and their like-minded friends in their quest for a meaningful life. Nora, thirty-three, is a well-educated divorcée with two young children; Lark, twenty-four, is a disaffected gay man. The story spans from 1928 to 1943 as it follows the colorful cast of characters who make their way into the bohemian True House. Inevitably, the friends' haven is not impermeable, and they are unable to keep harsh, sometimes violent, reality at bay. Presented in short, deft, impressionistic chapters, Our Arcadia is an elegant, thoughtful novel about the intersection of life and art and the importance of friendships from the critically acclaimed author of Mr. Dalloway.

"A captivating novel, peopled with appealing characters and an intriguing theme: experimenting with an alternative lifestyle." (Orlando Sentinel)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142001233
Publisher: Viking Penguin
Publication date: 05/28/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 7.46(h) x 0.66(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Robin Lippincott is the author of The Real, True Angel, a collection of stories, and Mr. Dalloway, a novel. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the American Voice, the Literary Review, and many other magazines. He teaches in the MFA Writing Program at Spalding University.

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Our Arcadia 1.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
bobbieharv on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A really stupid book that I can't believe I read all the way to the end. Kept thinking it would get better; that the characters would develop or that the poor excuses for their sexual switching around would make more sense, but it didn't happen. Bad writing no plot boring and a total waste of time.
mduffey6 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I bought this book years ago, Intrigued by the premise of a group of people in the 1920's beginning new lives on the Cape. I finally picked it up, but I was nothing but disappointed from the 1st page. The author's writing was shallow, juvenile, and lacked all character and plot development. I was very relieved when I finished the last page and was able to put this paperback away for good.