Chapter 2. Running on the Fault Line

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The lagoon near Blackberry Farm.

To this day, if you go to the San Francisco Bay Area and want to find the town where Murch lives, don’t look for a sign. It disappears whenever the Department of Transportation puts one up. Over the last 34 years, 22 signs have been pulled down; the people who live here would rather no one else found it. The community, located north of San Francisco on the coast, is a magical village of Victorian farmhouses and clapboard homes, surrounded by green pastures and redwood forests overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The adjacent lagoon that empties into the ocean forms a moat to the ...

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