There is some wonderful prose here. Ostensibly the story of a boy growing up on a hippy commune in the 1970's. It begins there and spans a half a century of change and turmoil. Ultimately it is a book about the fragility of life, love, death. It is about the search for an always elusive 'home'. It questions whether one can have both freedom and community. There are some big issues tackled here and they are handled quite beautifully. I really enjoyed this book.