Our Arcadia by Robin Lippincott

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How to live?" That is the question that inspires Nora Hartley and Lark Martin to create a haven for themselves and like-minded friends. Our Arcadia opens in 1928 as the two friends embark on their quest for a meaningful life and buy a house in Truro, just south of Provincetown on Cape Cod. Nora, thirty-three, is a well-educated recent divorcŽe with two young children. Lark is twenty-four, a disaffected, young, homosexual man. A broad cast of characters makes its way into the best friends' bohemian household. Hortense Stone, an outspoken lesbian painter who models herself after Gertrude Stein; Austin Park, an architect with whom Lark falls in love; Molly Harrison, an exuberant young painter; David Monroe, a black gardener and Molly's lover; and Leo Harmonica, a brilliant, irreverent, restless artist searching for his medium, are among those invited into Nora and Lark's home.

Told in short, impressionistic chapters that span fifteen years at "True House," Our Arcadia is an elegant and thoughtful novel about the intersection of life and art, the importance of friendships, the consequences of an excessively masculine culture and its contempt for what is feminine-in men and in women. Finally, it is a story about the redemptive power of imagination.

About Robin Lippincott

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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.
Published June 4, 2001 by Viking Adult. 224 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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With the exception of Lark (whose boyfriend problems ring true), it’s nearly all surface—and one that grows quickly tiresome.

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But what's important about life at True House is not necessarily birth and death, but art: painting, gardening and finding the Muse in between.

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