**I received this book from the author in exchange for a review**
This is one of the most unique books, I have read in a long time. At first, I did not understand what the author was trying to do because the timeline jumps around a little. It didn’t take long to get hooked, though. This would have been a completely different book if the author chose to write the story in a linear fashion and just “told” the reader what happened. By showing us the story through the viewpoints of the various characters as they created stories to understand what happened themselves, the author gave us a moving story. I felt like I knew the core of each of these characters. That is what I liked the most. This group of people gathered together in a commune-like setting to share tried to make sense of the world around them. As the characters crafted their stories they each had their own voice. I don’t feel like the author shared the same story multiple ways. It was an awesome way to see the characters develop. I recommend this book.
The Colony is in mourning. The residents of the Hudson Valley farming collective share a close-knit life and a vision for remaking urban neighborhoods with the skills they are learning. They have also shared a loss so devastating they fear the shock will undermine all their efforts.
In a scheme to unburden themselves, they turn to storytelling. Through their heartrending accounts, we view blighted American cities from society’s fringes — from the squatter homes of Detroit to the embattled streets of Philadelphia. We meet a veteran who returns home to find his neighborhood walled off into a ghetto, an architect who drafts blueprints from the dreams of the dispossessed, and take a hellish subway ride through a dystopian New York. In their tales, we witness the tug of war between blame and forgiveness and, ultimately, the cathartic power of storytelling.