Ridley est l'enfant d'un rêve, premier né d'une communauté hippie des années 1960.
Il grandit comme il respire, le monde est son terrain de jeux. Car le monde se finit aux portes d'Arcadia. Respect de la nature, autosuffisance, amour libre : Arcadia se veut une grande famille, chaleureuse et libertaire. Mais la réalité est plus compliquée. Et plus la communauté grandit, plus l'utopie s'éloigne : les parents négligent leurs enfants, la drogue embrume les esprits, les tensions minent l'équilibre des origines.
Jusqu'à l'implosion. Hors d'Arcadia, il faudra vivre dans les forêts d'immeubles new-yorkaises, ouvrir les yeux sur les dérives du rêve déchu, gagner sa vie, être père et accepter le réel. Mais l'idéal des commencements, l'amour et la paix, Ridley ne les perdra jamais vraiment, les portera jusque dans le monde, les concrétisera à sa manière, douce et honnête, profondément humaine. Roman d'initiation, fresque puissante, Arcadia trace à travers son héros le destin du rêve américain : de l'éblouissement de la naissance à la clairvoyance idéaliste.
Lauren Groff's critically acclaimed The Monsters of Templeton was shortlisted for the Orange Broadband Award for New Writers 2008, and critics hailed her as an enormous talent and a writer to watch. In Delicate Edible Birds, she fulfils that promise.
Delicate Edible Birds includes nine stories of vastly different styles and structures. 'L. De Bard and Aliette' recreates the tale of Abelard and Heloise in New York during the 1918 flu epidemic; 'Lucky Chow Fun' returns to Templeton, the setting of Groff's debut novel, for a contemporary account of what happens to outsiders in a small, insular town; the title story of Delicate Edible Birds is a harrowing, powerfully moving drama about a group of war correspondents, a lone woman among them, who fall prey to a frightening man in the French countryside while fleeing the Nazis.
With a dazzling array of voices and settings, Delicate Edible Birds will cement Lauren Groff's reputation as one of the foremost talents of her generation.
Willie Cooper arrives on the doorstep of her ancestral home in Templeton, New York in the wake of a disastrous affair with her much older, married archaeology professor. That same day, the discovery of a prehistoric monster in the lake brings a media frenzy to the quiet, picture-perfect town her ancestors founded. Smarting from a broken heart, Willie then learns that the story her mother had always told her about her father has all been a lie. He wasn't the one-night stand Vi had led her to imagine, but someone else entirely.
As Willie puts her archaeological skills to work digging for the truth about her lineage, a chorus of voices from the town's past rise up around her to tell their sides of the story. Dark secrets come to light, past and present blur, old mysteries are finally put to rest, and the surprising truth about more than one monster is revealed.
AMAZON.COM's 2015 BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER BARACK OBAMA'S BOOK OF THE YEAR A FINALIST FOR THE 2015 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2015 NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDEvery story has two sides. Every relationship has two perspectives. And sometimes, it turns out, the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets. At age twenty-two, Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, madly in love and destined for greatness. A decade later, their marriage is still the envy of their friends, but behind closed doors things are even more complicated and remarkable than they have seemed.