Set against the backdrop of a 1970s commune in Northern California,Clover Blue is a compellingbeautifully written story of a young boy’s search for identity. There are many things twelve-year-old Clover Blue isn’t sure of: his exact date of birthhis name before he was adopted into the Saffron Freedom Communityor who his first parents were. What he does know with certainty is that among this close-knitnature-loving grouphe is happy. Hereeveryone is familyregardless of their disparate backgrounds–surfermidwifeGrateful Dead groupieVietnam deserter. But despite his loyalty to the commune and its guru-like founder GojiBlue grapples with invisible ties toward another family–the one he doesn’t remember. With the urging of his fearless and funny best friendHarmonyClover Blue begins to ask questions. For the first timeGoji’s answers fail to satisfy. The passing months bring upheaval to their little clan and another member arrivesa beautiful runaway teen named Rainsparking new tensions. As secrets slowly unfurlBlue’s beliefs–about Gojithe guidelines that govern their seemingly idyllic livesand the nature of family itself–begin to shift. With each revelation about a heartbreaking past he never imaginedBlue faces a choice between those he’s always trustedand an uncertain future where he must risk everything in his quest for the truth. Part coming-of-age talepart love storypart mysteryClover Blue tenderly explores an unconventional but no less complex family that resonates with our deep-rooted yearning for home.
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