These are linked stories, in the spirit of Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine. They are about a sixteen-year old girl, Kedzie Greer, who was raised in a utopian community and leaves home to make her way in a dystopian society. The year is 2199; the place, the Reunited States.
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If you want to get into the main plotat once, begin with “Leaving Home.” It is about Kedzie's decision to seek a life outside the town gates.
If you want to begin with background on the utopian community, start with “The Town With Four Names.” The town has had a long strange trip from its beginnings in the late nineteenth century, when it resembled the Chautauqua Institution, to 2199.