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.
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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