Genre: Humor, Ensemble Fiction
In the paperback version, there is, as a bonus, the non-fiction short story, The Salvation Army and Me.
Award: Commune is the winner of the New Apple Literary Meritorious Award (Summer 2015) in the Humor category.
The story of an apple commune and the disparate group of wanderers who end up there. The commune becomes a microcosm of conflicts: dedicated vs. slacking, honest vs. traitorous, hopeful vs. cynical, and most importantly, connected vs. disconnected. Is one woman’s vision enough to carry the apple farm to a comfortable prosperity?
In this piece of ensemble fiction, the diverse cast of characters includes Momo, the founder of the commune and legal owner; Maia, a former business school roommate, who has something to hide; Linda, another college roommate, who thinks a commune would be a fun vacation; Bobby and Baz, fraternal twins who have a differing view of farming; Dan, the supplies delivery man, who loves the parade of women who come and go at the commune; Dulcie, a bitter, displaced chef; Kick, a self-styled Buddhist; and many others.
The future of the commune often hangs by a thread. Who can Momo count on for help when the going gets rough?