Set against the backdrop of a 1970s commune in Northern California, Clover Blue is a compelling, beautifully 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 birth, his name before he was adopted into the Saffron Freedom Community, or who his first parents were. What he does know with certainty is that among this close-knit, nature-loving group, he is happy. Here, everyone is family, regardless of their disparate backgrounds—surfer, midwife, Grateful Dead groupie, Vietnam deserter. But despite his loyalty to the commune and its guru-like founder Goji, Blue grapples with invisible ties toward another family—the one he doesn’t remember.
With the urging of his fearless and funny best friend, Harmony, Clover Blue begins to ask questions. For the first time, Goji’s answers fail to satisfy. The passing months bring upheaval to their little clan and another member arrives, a beautiful runaway teen named Rain, sparking new tensions. As secrets slowly unfurl, Blue’s beliefs—about Goji, the guidelines that govern their seemingly idyllic lives, and the nature of family itself—begin to shift. With each revelation about a heartbreaking past he never imagined, Blue faces a choice between those he’s always trusted, and an uncertain future where he must risk everything in his quest for the truth.
Part coming-of-age tale, part love story, part mystery, Clover Blue tenderly explores an unconventional but no less complex family that resonates with our deep-rooted yearning for home.
“Clover Blue sparkles with love, warmth and magic. Vivid setting and unforgettable characters. I couldn’t put it down.” –Joanne Serling, Pushcart Prize nominee and author of Good Neighbors
“An utterly captivating story about the power of secrets to completely twist, bend, and complicate a happy life. You will fall in love with Clover Blue and be rooting for him on every page of this masterfully told, gripping tale of family, friendship, love, loss and ultimately, home.” –Anna Quinn, bestselling author of The Night Child
“Exquisite use of language. Edwards writes with descriptive detail that draws the reader in and a perfect pace that leaves you wanting more.” —Flor Edwards, author of Apocalypse Child: A Life in End Times
“Clover Blue burns with questions of identity, forgiveness, and truth. At the heart of Edwards’ clear prose is a desire for community that also reveals the pitfalls of clan. This is a delightful, thoughtful book.” —Melissa Scholes Young, author of Flood
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