Drop City

Finalist, National Book Awards 2003 for Fiction

Drop City by T.C. Boyle, book cover 2003
ISBN 9780142003800
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T.C. Boyle

T.C. Boyle is the author of eight previous novels and six collections of stories. His work has appeared in many major American magazines, including The New Yorker, GQ, Harper's, and The Atlantic Monthly. More about this author >

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Under the influence of the hippie spirit that spilled over from the late 1960s, Norm Sender decided to open the doors to his Sonoma County ranch to any idealistic vagrant interested in being part of his community. The group of open-minded free-lovers and drug-abusers soon come to be known as “Drop City,” but beneath the nonchalant veneer characterizing the group lurk the same selfish impulses against which the group set out to define themselves. As run-ins with the law and interpersonal strife threaten to break up the group, Norm proposes that Drop City relocate to rural Alaska as a way to cement its earthy aspirations. Despite good intentions, Alaska’s harsh conditions and unsympathetic locals threaten the communal goodwill the group was attempting to recapture.