"The Optimistic Decade", by Heather Abel

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Piano Craft Gallery

793 Tremont St · Boston, MA

How to find us

In the South End, close to Mass Ave & Tremont, Orange Line (Mass Ave), Green Line (Symphony), 1 & 43 buses. Limited street parking can be found on Tremont Street and Columbus Avenue. (The T is far easier.)

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We are psyched about reading THE OPTIMISTIC DECADE, by Heather Abel, for our July meetup!

As we did in June, we will hold the book club for THE OPTIMISTIC DECADE in the wonderful Piano Craft Gallery (http://pianocraftgallery.com).

As before, this one will be BYOB/potluck. Bring whatever you would like to share. I'm planning to provide a few bottles of wine and some appetizers. We'll socialize 6:30-7:00 (-ish), then talk about the book at around 7. We can stay as long as we like!

And now, a little about THE OPTIMISTIC DECADE:

A smart and sly story about a utopian summer camp, a charismatic leader, and the people who are drawn to his vision, The Optimistic Decade follows four unforgettable characters and a piece of land that changes everyone who lives on it.

There is Caleb, founder of the back-to-the-land camp Llamalo, who is determined to teach others to live simply. There is Donnie, the rancher who gave up his land to Caleb and who now wants it back. There is Rebecca, determined to become an activist like her father and undone by the spell of both Llamalo and new love. And there is David, a teenager who has turned Llamalo into his personal religion.

The Optimistic Decade brilliantly explores love, class, and the bloom and fade of idealism, and asks smart questions about good intentions gone wrong.

Looking forward to seeing you there!