The Optimistic Decade

The Optimistic Decade

by Heather Abel

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Overview

"Abel is a perceptive writer whose astute observations keep the book funny and light . . . An exploration of the limits of idealism . . .  subversive." —The New York Times Book Review
 
A smart and sly story about a utopian summer camp, a charismatic leader, and the people who are drawn to his vision, The Optimistic Decade follows four unforgettable characters and a piece of land that changes everyone who lives on it.

There is Caleb, founder of the back-to-the-land camp Llamalo, who is determined to teach others to live simply. There is Donnie, the rancher who gave up his land to Caleb and who now wants it back. There is Rebecca, determined to become an activist like her father and undone by the spell of both Llamalo and new love. And there is David, a teenager who has turned Llamalo into his personal religion.

The Optimistic Decade brilliantly explores love, class, and the bloom and fade of idealism, and asks smart questions about good intentions gone wrong.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616209346
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 04/30/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 749,322
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Heather Abel was raised in Santa Monica, California. She attended Swarthmore College and subsequently worked as a reporter and editor for political newspapers. Her essays have been published in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Slate, and elsewhere. She received her MFA in fiction from the New School, where she later taught creative nonfiction writing. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, with her husband and two daughters.

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