I said I couldn't find my 2006 post about the book, but just now found it. Thanks, Google.
I think one of the reasons for my fascination with Roland and the book is that it took us to a primeval Eden, one attainable, perhaps even today, with enough hard work. I guess I lived vicariously with Gwen and Calvin. I found it interesting that her retrospectoscope, at least according to the documentary, doesn't view it quite that way.
A couple of days ago, I received, to my delight, an email from Gwen herself. It was prompted by the fact that she thinks we look like we might be kin, maybe with a not-too-remote branching of the family tree. Who knows? It pleases me to think it might be so.
In the meantime, Gwen is a writer on a number of topics. She pens a monthly piece on sustainable agriculture for Mother Earth News, and continues to live a responsible, seemingly idyllic existence. In this case, the grass probably really IS greener.
Thanks for the email, Cousin Gwen. I'll be happy to attend the next family reunion.
[Image via Mother Earth News]