ARCADIA by Lauren Groff

Links for EastSider discussions
Discussion questions courtesy of LitLovers.com
Book Riot discussion
Slate Audio Book Club discussion 
Book group's review
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At The Millions
Greg Zimmerman loves it
Did you have dinner with Lauren Groff last year?
NY Daily News review
Janet Maslin at The Times put it on her top 10 list
Here's a printable PDF filled with reviews & info from a library reading group 
Arcadia showed up often on this list
Links to interviews, podcasts & other writings
Interview in Interview Magazine
Good interview*
Good interview at The Millions
Groff writing seminar transcript
Author's bio on her website.
She's a-Twitter
Arcadia (Utopia) - Wiki 
Commonly thought of as being in line with Utopian ideals, Arcadia differs from that tradition in that it is more often specifically regarded as unattainable.
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Oneida Community / Oneida Collection @ Syracuse U. 
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VA said...

I couldn't really finish it. The Slate podcast is wonderfully illuminating but I can't help compare this book with Goon Squad. I can't figure why I loved Egan's writing and her plots, which are certainly no less complicated than Arcadia. Egan's plots doesn't seem as cumbersome as Groff's. Groff's emphasis on loss and decline should be saved for another whole book. Does she just try to put too much stuff into this book. Even the Slate reviewer hints at this. I just didn't care about the Arcadia people and what might happen to them in order to finish the book.

Anonymous said...

I didn't enjoy Arcadia at all. . .laborious to read
so I quit. . .