The Orchardist: A Novel

by Amanda Coplin

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | February 25, 2013 | Trade Paperback

The Orchardist: A Novel is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.

A Best Book of the Year

Washington Post . Seattle Times . The Oregonian . National Public Radio . Amazon . Kirkus Reviews . Publishers Weekly . The Daily Beast

An Indie Next Pick

Barnes & Noble Discover Award Winner

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 at 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 them 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 pages, 8.3 × 5.5 × 1.2 in

Published: February 25, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062188518

ISBN - 13: 9780062188519

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read I read this a couple of months ago, could not put it down:) It was a bit odd, but the love Talmadge had for his orchard and frankly for the two sisters and the child, and his dedication to help and guide them, and expecting nothing in return really. He was never really appreciated as much as he deserved.
Date published: 2014-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very touching and down to earth With a writing style that's a bit different, Amanda Coplin tells the story of a man completely dedicated to his orchards, who lives alone until two young women come into his life unexpectedly. The setting is at the turn of the century to the 1900's, in the Pacific Northwest. The interactions of the man, his platonic female friend, the young women, horse rustlers and some very evil men make for a very compelling story. The writer's descriptions of the smells and sounds in the story are earthy, and her attention to detail in the characters makes you believe in them and want to know what happens to them. I highly recommend this book to readers who like historical fiction which connects the earth to the characters and uses a kind of "poetic" style of writing.
Date published: 2013-04-14

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The Orchardist: A Novel

by Amanda Coplin

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 pages, 8.3 × 5.5 × 1.2 in

Published: February 25, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062188518

ISBN - 13: 9780062188519

About the Book

At once intimate and epic, "The Orchardist" is historical fiction at its best, in the grand literary tradition of Michael Ondaatje, Marilynne Robinson, and Annie Proulx. In her stunningly original and haunting debut novel, Coplin evokes a powerful sense of place, mixing tenderness, and violence.

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A Best Book of the Year

Washington Post . Seattle Times . The Oregonian . National Public Radio . Amazon . Kirkus Reviews . Publishers Weekly . The Daily Beast

An Indie Next Pick

Barnes & Noble Discover Award Winner

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 at 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 them 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.

Editorial Reviews

"This is a novel to burrow into, to be submerged in a world that is both lovely and hard. It''s a world that becomes so real that one only leaves by being forced out by the closing of the covers that enfold it." (Denver Post)