The Orchardist: A Novel

Paperback | March 5, 2013

byAmanda Coplin

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At once intimate and epic, The Orchardist is historical fiction at its best, in the grand literary tradition of William Faulkner, Marilynne Robinson, Michael Ondaatje, Annie Proulx, and Toni Morrison.

In her stunningly original and haunting debut novel, Amanda Coplin evokes a powerful sense of place, mixing tenderness and violence as she spins an engrossing tale of a solitary orchardist who provides shelter to two runaway teenage girls in the untamed American West, and the dramatic consequences of his actions. 

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

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A Best Book of the YearWashington Post • Seattle Times • The Oregonian • National Public Radio • Amazon • Kirkus Reviews • Publishers Weekly • The Daily BeastAn Indie Next PickBarnes & Noble Discover Award WinnerAt the turn of the twentieth century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, ...

Amanda Coplin was born in Wenatchee, Washington. She received her BA from the University of Oregon and MFA from the University of Minnesota. A recipient of residencies from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and the Omi International Arts Center at Ledig House in Ghent, New York, she lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.12 inPublished:March 5, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062188518

ISBN - 13:9780062188519

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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 best first novel of 2012...the book brings to mind just how much the effect of reading about the land, the setting, with its lyric pulse, plays a role in the success of a forward moving narrative.”