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Drop City by T. C. Boyle
T. C. Boyle's new novel tells the story of "Drop City," a northern California commune of free love and drugs and beholden only to its own rules. It's also where women do most of the work and are expected to acquiesce to any man's request for sex, and nobody takes care of the human waste and trash left on the property. In Boynton, Alaska, Sess Harder carves his own place out of the wilderness, hours from the nearest town, and is soon joined by Pamela who is seeking a self-sufficient man for her mate. When the Drop City commune is condemned by local authorities, many of its residents head for Boynton where they believe they will be beyond the reach of any authority. This sets up a clash of ideas and culture in an area where man must be his own authority. T. C. Boyle takes a serious look at the nature of man and civilization. The Christian Science Monitor says, "For novels that matter, novels that grapple with the intractable challenge of how we're ever going to get along, Boyle remains one of America's most engaged and engaging authors."