The optimistic decade: a novel

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"Bighearted, wise, and beautifully written, this sharply observant exploration of idealism gone awry engages at every level." --Andrea Barrett, author of The Voyage of the Narwhal and Archangel This entertaining and assured debut novel about a utopian summer camp and its charismatic leader asks smart questions about good intentions gone terribly wrong. Framed by the oil shale bust and the real estate boom, by protests against Reagan and against the Gulf War, The Optimistic Decade takes us into the lives of five unforgettable characters and is a sweeping novel about idealism, love, class, and a piece of land that changes everyone who lives on it. There is Caleb Silver, the beloved founder of the back-to-the-land camp Llamalo, who is determined to teach others to live simply. There are the ranchers, Don and his son, Donnie, who gave up their land to Caleb and who now want it back. There is Rebecca Silver, 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. Heather Abel's novel is a brilliant exploration of the bloom and fade of idealism and how it forever changes one's life.
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subject_facet Camps -- Colorado -- Fiction, Coming of Age -- FICTION, Electronic books, Family Life -- FICTION, Fiction, Literary -- FICTION, Man-woman relationships -- Fiction, Nineteen nineties -- Fiction, Political activists -- Fiction, Self-actualization (Psychology) -- Fiction, Social classes -- United States -- Fiction
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