Chapter 2. Running on the Fault Line


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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