Forbidden love. Counter-culture. The shadow of Vietnam. Sexual revolution. Social unrest. Marijuana and LSD. In Larry Smith's intriguing coming-of-age novel, The Free Farm, we journey back to America's turbulent late 60s and early 70s. Lee McCall leaves his Ohio Valley steel mill town to attend Ohio University, but the going isn't easy as he takes classes, works to support himself, and tries to form a utopia--a free living commune or "an adventure in group living" in an Appalachian farmhouse. Smith provides a unique window into Lee's life that is driven by idealism, love of Emerson and Thoreau, and devotion to his beautiful partner, Sharon, who practices Zen, meditates, and can fix cars. Between college life and work, the troubles of his family back home, and the challenges of his new communal family, Lee evolves from a boy who left "a golden time when the world seemed safe and right" to a man with a global vision who needs to stand for something, embrace his destiny, and know where his real home lies. In this realistic yet often surprising and tender novel, a quoted line from "The Waking" by Theodore Roethke may serve as our guidepost: "I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow/I feel my fate in what I cannot fear/I learn by going where I have to go."
~ Laura Treacy Bentley, author of Lake Effect
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A story of seeking love and freedom in America's heartlands. A novel set in the industrial Ohio Valley, then an Appalachian commune during the late 1960s. It captures and exciting and turbulent time as a young search for identity and values.|The Free Farm: A NovelAbout the Author:
Larry Smith is a native Midwesterner and a graduate of Muskingum College and Kent State University (M.A. and Ph.D). He is the author of five books of fiction, eight books of poetry, a book of memoirs, and literary biographies of authors Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Kenneth Patchen. He is also co-translator of two books of translations from the Chinese. His photo history of his hometown Mingo Junction appeared recently in the Images of America Series. Two of his film scripts on authors James Wright and Kenneth Patchen have been made into films shown on PBS. As a professor of English and humanities at Bowling Green State University's Firelands College he has taught writing and literature and served as director of the Firelands Writing Center, a cooperative of writers. He is a requested presenter at various writers' conferences and his poetry has been featured on American Public Media's Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor.His most recent novel is THE LONG RIVER HOME. The author lives with his wife Ann along the shores of Lake Erie in Huron, Ohio.
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Book Description Bottom Dog Press, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1933964510