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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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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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    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

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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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    Shannon New York, NY 02-13-13
    Shannon New York, NY 02-13-13 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the few books I couldn't finish"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who enjoys dark literature.


    What was most disappointing about Amanda Coplin’s story?

    Overall hopelessness of the characters circumstances combined with the narrators voice. This book honestly made me really depressed.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mark Bramhall?

    To be fair, Mark Bramhall narration was appropriate for the overall tone of the book. It just wasn't my cup of tea.


    What character would you cut from The Orchardist?

    None of them. All are essential to the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the author is very talented and I appreciate her writing ability to make the reader feel the emotions of the characters. It just wasn't an enjoyable listen for me.

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    K. Port Maitland, NS, Canada 02-05-13
    K. Port Maitland, NS, Canada 02-05-13 Member Since 2008
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    "One of the best books I have listened to in ages."
    Where does The Orchardist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the Greatest


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Orchardist?

    All of it!!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of them!!!


    Who was the most memorable character of The Orchardist and why?

    Angelina.........Her love of life and humanity.


    Any additional comments?

    What can I say, the book was amazing.

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    Kalena Lake Oswego, OR, US 12-06-12
    Kalena Lake Oswego, OR, US 12-06-12
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    I'm loving this book, I hate to turn it off and can't wait to get back to it.

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    Betty 12-06-12
    Betty 12-06-12
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    "Very dark and sad."

    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.

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