The optimistic decade: a novel

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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 son Donnie, who gave up their land to Caleb, having run out of options after Exxon came and went and left them bankrupt. There is Rebecca Silver, determined to become an activist like her father and undone by the spell of Llamalo and new love; and there is David, a teenager who has turned Llamalo into his personal religion. But situated on a plateau in the heart of the Rockies, Llamalo proves that it might outlast anyone's heady plans for it, from the earliest Native American settlers to the latest lovers of the land. Like Meg Wolitzer's The Interestings, Heather Abel's novel is a brilliant exploration of the bloom and fade of idealism and how it forever changes one's life. Or so we think.
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display_description"This novel about a utopian camp and its charismatic leader takes us into the lives of five unforgettable characters, and is a sweeping saga of idealism, love, class, and a piece of land that changes everyone who lives on it"-- The camp was created because of the oil shale bust and the real estate boom, by protests against Reagan and against the Gulf War. Caleb Silver, the beloved founder of the back-to-the-land camp Llamalo, is determined to teach others to live simply. Ranchers Don and his son, Donnie, gave up their land to Caleb and now want it back. Rebecca Silver is determined to become an activist like her father. And David, a teenager, has turned Llamalo into his personal religion. But sometimes good intentions can go terribly wrong ... and idealism can forever changes one's life. -- adapted from jacket.
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title_displayThe optimistic decade : a novel
title_fullThe Optimistic Decade
The optimistic decade : a novel / Heather Abel
The optimistic decade : a novel [electronic resource] / Heather Abel
The optimistic decade [sound recording] : a novel / Heather Abel
title_shortThe optimistic decade
title_suba novel
Coming of Age
Electronic books
Family Life
Man-woman relationships
Nineteen nineties
Political activists
Self-actualization (Psychology)
Social classes