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The Orchardist | [Amanda Coplin]

The Orchardist

At the turn of the 20th 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.
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Publisher's Summary

At the turn of the 20th 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.

©2012 Amanda Coplin (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

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    Candace ISLESBORO, ME, United States 09-09-14
    Candace ISLESBORO, ME, United States 09-09-14 Member Since 2011

    I live on an island off the coast of Maine. Since I installed a "doggie door" I am now retired from "Letting The Dogs In and Out"!

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    "Depressing"

    The story had enough substance to make me continue but it was very depressing. I will not be recommending this story to friends.

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    Anne 09-03-14
    Anne 09-03-14
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    "Superb. Well-crafted and beautifully written"
    Would you listen to The Orchardist again? Why?

    yes-it is a book club choice and I would listen again just before the meeting. I enjoyed the Narrator’s voice a lot-it met the needs of the characters and then some.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the honesty of the characters-they were true to life with out being perfect or all bad


    What about Mark Bramhall’s performance did you like?

    the performance was outstanding-I would listen again just to hear the pitch perfect performance


    Any additional comments?

    The book was wonderful and I look forward to more from this author.

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    Gloria B. Winters Berkeley Springs WV USA 08-31-14
    Gloria B. Winters Berkeley Springs WV USA 08-31-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Heart-wrenching and heart-warming at the same time"
    What did you love best about The Orchardist?

    I loved the way the author blended the life of each character into the orchard . . .


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Della - she fought her entire life to overcome the disaster that was her childhood.


    What does Mark Bramhall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The background descriptions - the landscape - the innards of the cabin


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Della refused to be a part of the prison escape - she could not accept that anyone cared enough to help HER.


    Any additional comments?

    I chose this book on a whim... so glad that I did - wonderful read/listen!!

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    Rhunette 05-03-14
    Rhunette 05-03-14
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    "Unrealistic"

    I found the story to be very unrealistic. It was as though the main characters lived
    in a world by themselves. There was not enough interaction with the world around
    them. I also found that certain scenes were repetitious.

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    P. Burdge 01-22-14
    P. Burdge 01-22-14

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    "Difficult Book"

    This is one of the most confusing books I have ever tried to listen to. The narration was excellent. I could not force myself to finish this - I returned it. The characters seemed shallow and their actions inexplicable. I didn't care about any of them, which made me not want to finish the book. The book had an ethereal quality when the story centered in the orchard. As I was listening I kept asking myself WHO are these characters? WHY are they behaving like this? I found the actions of Della, one of the two sisters who shows up on Talmadge's orchard, to make no sense whatsoever. At least from my experience, young women who have been sexually abused by older men do not trust men, and certainly would not choose to spend time almost exclusively with men. Odd, odd, odd. There were 12 people at book club tonight. Not a single person liked this book. I would not recommend this book to anyone.

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    Ada Kardos Portland, OR United States 08-15-13
    Ada Kardos Portland, OR United States 08-15-13

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    "Holy smokes, I loved this book."

    What an incredible story and a wonderful telling. I showed up every day at work crying from listening on the way in. A great listen.

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    Leone Okanogan, WA, United States 07-30-13
    Leone Okanogan, WA, United States 07-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Book, Good Audio"

    Its a rarity that I really feel that the narration improved on the book, especially when the writing already so wonderful. I was enchanted by the flow and cadence of the reader as well as the power of the words.

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    Becky Mackinaw, IL, United States 05-11-13
    Becky Mackinaw, IL, United States 05-11-13 Member Since 2015

    Audible Obsessed Commuter.

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    ""Tough Love: Save your credit""

    I've never wished for an abridged version of a book this much before!" (okay, exaggeration, I have one other time - but this was pretty bad). There seemed to be too many sub-plots that took chapters explain that went nowhere in the big picture of the read. A hero that couldn't save, a survivor that couldn't survive, and an innocent that was actually innocent. Save your credit for something better!

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    Sally moscow, ID, United States 03-19-13
    Sally moscow, ID, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    "very good read"

    If you like reading about other cultures and different perspectives on life then this is a book for you. I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator and story.

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    Patricia Griffith Elizabethtown, KY United States 03-04-13
    Patricia Griffith Elizabethtown, KY United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Good story, good narrator"
    What did you love best about The Orchardist?

    This was a very touching story about a very lonely man who becomes involved with 2 young runaway girls and they change his life. He takes care of them even though they show very little gratitude. Narrator was very good.


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