Curtain Creek Farm by Nance Van Winckel
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Interconnected stories--tender and wild--about a Sixties commune in Washington State and how its quirky, idealistic members are faring a generation later. If there's any question about what happened to the idealists of the 1960s, this is where they are. At Curtain Creek Farm they still make sandals, weave blankets, and grow organic vegetables. But now they also have a web site; their children are having children; and into their underground homes, tree houses, and tin-roofed cabins aging parents are coming to live with them. In elegant prose and with a poet's eye for detail, Nance Van Winckel allows these idiosyncratic residents to speak for themselves. In eight richly plotted stories, the tender, wild, and funny narrators share their individual struggles. Along the way, they call into question what is "social order" and what is "anarchy." In "Sometimes He Borrowed a Horse," a young woman heeding the call of unconditional love treks through the snow-covered wilderness to help her renegade cousin and ends up taking a tiny new member into her family and the commune. After a flood brings calamity to Curtain Creek Farm, in "Beside Ourselves," a young woman grieving the death of her fianc finds a secret pulse of calm when she and other commune members join in to help the town. In "Making Headway," the high-tech world of the internet threatens the fiercely guarded privacy of life at the Farm. And in "Treat Me Nice," a mother with Alzheimer's disease, who can't always remember her daughter, becomes an enraptured fan of the many Elvises who "drop in"--by parachute--on Curtain Creek Farm. Nance Van Winckel's hopeful view of life is everywhere present in these stories. In the land of anarchy, which is Curtain Creek Farm, seeming chaos is nothing less than the prerequisite for the peaceful co-existence of true individuals.
 

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Published August 1, 2000 by Persea Books. 192 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The familiar will she or won't she theme is given a serious twist in Eagle's latest (after What The Heart Knows), combining a solid western/romance plot with more complex, contemporary issues. Sal

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