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Publisher Description

At once intimate and epic, The Orchardist is historical fiction at its best, in the grand literary tradition of William Faulkner, Marilynne Robinson, Michael Ondaatje, Annie Proulx, and Toni Morrison.

In her stunningly original and haunting debut novel, Amanda Coplin evokes a powerful sense of place, mixing tenderness and violence as she spins an engrossing tale of a solitary orchardist who provides shelter to two runaway teenage girls in the untamed American West, and the dramatic consequences of his actions. 

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2012
August 21
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
448
Pages
PUBLISHER
Harper
SELLER
HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
SIZE
2.1
MB

Customer Reviews

Wndrgmom ,

The Orchardist

I was intrigued first by the title, which I thought was orchidist. After reading it again I got it. I’d never heard this word before. I live reading new words and was anxious to begin reading this book. What exactly was a Orchardist?
The reading of this book was work. I mean I couldn’t just glide over the words. I had to think and ponder as I imagined the people, places, the scenery and even feel myself being there. I liked Talmadge and respected him. He had some very interesting people drop into his orchard. He being such a solitary figure seemed to attach himself to many of them. He cared and grew to love them even. Though that wouldn’t be the word he’d use to describe his feelings. Those feelings seemed even foreign to him in a traditional sense. You could never say he was an indulgent man. He had and gave little in the way of physical things. He had no need of things. He worked very hard all his life and to see his dad orchard diminish over time was sad. I’d have liked to hear what happened to Angeline after she sold the orchard. Maybe another novel.

rich_for_a_reason ,

Great novel

This novel is beautifully written and reminded me of the novels of John Steinbeck.

R2bbarnes ,

Epic

A deep read, enjoyed and learned.

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