I’m trying to get more social with my blog, so I am trying out some blog memes! Today, I’m participating in Thirsty Thursdays & Hungry Hearts, hosted by (un)Conventional Bookworms!
Here’s the details:
The idea of Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well as if it’s something you think you’d like or not. Please share the title of the book it happened in, as well as the character who ate or drank the special little something you discovered between the pages of a good read.
Alright, for this week, I’m sharing a quote from “We Went to the Woods,” by Caite Dolan-Leach, which depicts a group of young idealists in upstate New York deciding to strike out on a bit of a social experiment. I’m four chapters in, and as with any book involving the environment and communities, it’s been full of yummy food references. Including:
Over Louisa’s Swiss chard and Gorgonzola risotto, we laid out our plan, oscillating between mature practicality and (hopefully) endearingly youthful enthusiasm. We were young and healthy and realistic about the amount of work we were facing, and articulate about why we felt it was a better option for us than slaving away as baristas and scullery maids.
About the Book
Certain that society is on the verge of economic and environmental collapse, five disillusioned twenty-somethings make a bold decision: They gather in upstate New York to transform an abandoned farm, once the site of a turn-of-the-century socialist commune, into an idyllic self-sustaining compound called the Homestead.
Louisa spearheads the project, as her wealthy family owns the plot of land. Beau is the second to commit; as mysterious and sexy as he is charismatic, he torments Louisa with his nightly disappearances and his other relationships. Chloe, a dreamy musician, is naturally able to attract anyone to her–which inevitably results in conflict. Jack, the most sensible and cerebral of the group, is the only one with any practical farm experience. Mack, the last to join, believes it’s her calling to write their story–but she is not the most objective narrator, and inevitably complicates their increasingly tangled narrative. Initially exhilarated by restoring the rustic dwellings, planting a garden, and learning the secrets of fermentation, the group is soon divided by slights, intense romantic and sexual relationships, jealousies, and suspicions. And as winter settles in, their experiment begins to feel not only misguided, but deeply isolating and dangerous.
Caite Dolan-Leach spins a poignant and deeply human tale with sharp insights into our modern anxieties, our collective failures, and the timeless desire to withdraw from the world