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The Orchardist - Amanda Coplin
The Orchardist
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At the turn of the twentieth century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were loved ones. A gentle man, he's found solace in the sweetness of the fruit he grows and the quiet, beating heart of the land he... show more
At the turn of the twentieth century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were loved ones. A gentle man, he's found solace in the sweetness of the fruit he grows and the quiet, beating heart of the land he cultivates. One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit from the market; they later return to the outskirts of his orchard to see the man who gave them no chase. Feral, scared, and very pregnant, the girls take up on Talmadge's land and indulge in his deep reservoir of compassion. Just as the girls begin to trust him, men arrive in the orchard with guns, and the shattering tragedy that follows will set Talmadge on an irrevocable course not only to save and protect but also to reconcile the ghosts of his own troubled past. Transcribing America as it once was before railways and roads connected its corners, Amanda Coplin weaves a tapestry of solitary souls who come together in the wake of unspeakable cruelty and misfortune. She writes with breathtaking precision and empathy, and in The Orchardist she crafts an astonishing debut novel about a man who disrupts the lonely harmony of an ordered life when he opens his heart and lets the world in.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780062188502 (006218850X)
Publisher: Harper
Pages no: 426
Edition language: English
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Summer Reading Project, BookLikes Satellite
Summer Reading Project, BookLikes Satellite rated it
4.5 The Orchardist, by Amanda Coplin
So many novels and movies end with whoever needs to be saved, saved. The bad guys are defeated. The challenge accepted and conquered. The ending gives us closure and the hope that everything will be okay, like a more grownup “happily ever after.” Amanda Coplin’s The Orchardist, a moving and melancho...
In Love of Books and Friendship
In Love of Books and Friendship rated it
4.0 The Orchardist
This debut novel from Amanda Chopin takes place at the turn of the century in the early 1900's in rural Washington state. A lone orchard farmer named Talmadge whose lived an isolated life after his sister mysteriously disappeared some years ago. He is a quiet, committed, hard worker devoting his lif...
Chris Blocker
Chris Blocker rated it
3.0 The Orchardist
Imagine a time-lapse video of a rose in bloom. The bud is slowly pushed under. The petals unfold one by one. The color explodes out in waves like a supernova. (If you need a visual, here's a YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LBODTEgoFg.) Gorgeous, right? It's easy to enjoy a four-minute...
Book Love
Book Love rated it
5.0 The Orchardist
5 stars.....directly added to my 'favorites' list. I gave this book 5 stars not because it was a feel good read, but because of the descriptive setting and characters, or as one reviewer stated "magical words". I come away from this experience knowing that it's going to be hard to choose my next r...
Book Connection
Book Connection rated it
Let me say upfront that the three stars this book is getting is more a reflection of me as a reader than the book itself. Amanda Coplein writes using beautiful and evocative language. And if this had been a movie it probably would have gotton 5 stars from me. Heresy I know.This is a very visual b...
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