Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism

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ChiZine, Apr 10, 2012 - Fiction - 321 pages
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The year is 1911.

In Cold Spring Harbour, New York, the newly formed Eugenics Records Office is sending its agents to catalogue the infirm, the insane, and the criminal—with an eye to a cull, for the betterment of all.

Near Cracked Wheel, Montana, a terrible illness leaves Jason Thistledown an orphan, stranded in his dead mother’s cabin until the spring thaw shows him the true meaning of devastation—and the barest thread of hope.

At the edge of the utopian mill town of Eliada, Idaho, Doctor Andrew Waggoner faces a Klansman’s noose and glimpses wonder in the twisting face of the patient known only as Mister Juke.

And deep in a mountain lake overlooking that town, something stirs, and thinks, in its way: Things are looking up.

Eutopia follows Jason and Andrew as together and alone, they delve into the secrets of Eliada—industrialist Garrison Harper's attempt to incubate a perfect community on the edge of the dark woods and mountains of northern Idaho. What they find reveals the true, terrible cost of perfection—the cruelty of the surgeon's knife—the folly of the cull—and a monstrous pact with beings that use perfection as a weapon, and faith as a trap.


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User Review  - csweder - LibraryThing

This was a solid 4 stars, until the last 1/3 of the book, where the plot became harder to follow, and I think less developed? So, fun while it lasted, but not a strong recommendation for others to read. Read full review

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User Review  - jen.e.moore - LibraryThing

Wonderful, creepy, amazing, thought-provoking... A proper review is going to take some thought. It will be coming later. Full Review: Eutopia sucked me right in. The writing in this book is exquisite ... Read full review


PART I Nurture
1 Mister Juke
2 A Damn Germ
3 The Horror at Cracked Wheel
4 Utopias Daughter
5 Baby Wakes
6 The Feeger Girls
7 The Hippocratic Oath
17 The Dauphins Women
18 Compassion Community Hygiene
19 The Rite of Spring
20 The Secret Terror
21 The Germe de grotte
22 The Prodigal
23 The Incident with the Shotgun
24 The Test of Faith

8 The Lesson of Minos
9 The Quarantine Obscenity
10 The Autopsy
11 Love Among the Feegers
12 Auntys Tears
13 The Mercy of Sam Green
14 The Faerie Kings Bride
15 A Wicked Cut
PART II Nature
16 Saint Lothar
25 The Gospel According to Nils
26 The Pickle Jar
27 Gods and Oracles
28 The Old Man
29 The Oracle Frets
30 Rapture of the Juke
31 The Cruelty of Sam Green
32 Death and Resurrection

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About the author (2012)

David Nickle is the author of numerous short stories and several novels, including Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism, Rasputin's Bastards, and The 'Geisters. He lives in Toronto, where he works as a journalist, covering Toronto City Hall for Metroland Media Toronto.

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