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Welcome to Utopia by Karen Valby
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Jun 20, 2011

really liked it
Read in June, 2011

A senior writer at Entertainment Weekly, who lives in Manhattan, takes an assignment to find an American town untouched by popular culture. Karen Vably discovered the tiny town of Utopia, TX and lives with the people of the town for two years in effort to write this honest and well portrayed book. Utopia is a place with a half-milelong Main Street featuring "zero stoplights, one constable, 540 residents and seven churches.

She follows the lives of four Utopians; Ralph, the retired owner of the general store; Kathy, the waitress who waits in terror for three of her boys to return from war; Colter, the son of a cowboy with the soul of a hipster; and Kelli, an aspiring rock star and one of the only black people in town.

In addition to the four main characters, Valby offers snapshots of the daily lives of individuals that include several teens and 20-somethings as they consider their futures and whether to leave.

This is the author's first book, and I loved every page of it!

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