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.
I can see the value of the story and appreciate the literary contribution, but I was so happy to finish it and move on to more rewarding reads. I would have liked more orchard and less roaming.
The book is so beautifully written you can almost smell the apples on the trees. The narrator was excellent for Talmadge's voice, you could feel the character's connection to the land and his inner turmoil.
Talmadge walking through the orchard, he simply takes in the beauty of nature and the joy of growing things.
Don't usually listen to a book more than once, but I might with this one because the story and the voice were so entrancing.
I loved the depth of the character exploration. A long journey with a deep, quiet man who values his place and tries so hard to make the world around him more fair. So interesting to be with him as the forces of life find him hidden in his orchard and take him for a ride. Though the story moved slowly, it was only because the reader feels like she's living it with him and that is how life moves, one breath at a time.
No, but I will. I loved the richness of his voice and came to the performance to hear him as well as to find out what happened next.
Though I'm sure I'd enjoy reading this book, this is one of those that was pure pleasure to listen to.
Based on this book I would NOT try another book by Amanda Coplin or narrated by mark Bramhall.
Bramhall's narration was part of the problem. It was dry, only one tone without variations, and underscored the boring book.
No redeeming qualities - I did NOT care about the characters, lost interest in what happened to them, and found the character development not believable.
This book is so tedious. I kept trying to stay with it in hopes it would get better, but finaly had to give up before I could finish it. The story is depressing, the people are mostly without redeeming qualities, and there is no hopeful outcome - not that anyting would be perfect, but that something would be different. The charaters were just not believable - very one dimensional.
this was a great story and well written.
the birth of Angeline
Angeline coming back home after so many years and how she reflected on her life.
Retired. Have been listening to book since 1977.
a great read
description of the apple-growing area of Washington in the early 20th Century
the drama of the writing
can't say without it being a spoiler
Well written with a very interesting story.
Not sure~haven't read the print
It was similar in many ways to The Orchard~family history, apples, multiple generations, great characters
Angelica~I'd love to know what she thinks and feels and where she wants to be in life 10, 20 years from now.
I really enjoyed the historical elements of this book and thought the reader was very good. His voice really captured the story and added to it.
I live in Scottsdale, Arizona. I have 5 grown children, play ukuele exercise, and read.
This was an excellent story. It definitely wasn't a shoot em up or action book. However, if you're looking for an interesting story about a fractured family, this is your book. It's beautifully written, and skillfully read. I loved it. I've read some of the reviews who felt the book needed editing. I totally disagree. It was a lazy tale with beautiful descriptions, and I felt like I knew and sympathized with each character.
When one of the major character's died.
The reader did an absolutely amazing job.
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