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The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
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Jun 14, 2012

really liked it

Exploring the relationship between man and land, the effects of solitude, and the struggle for understanding inherent in the bonds between people, debut author Coplin draws from her childhood in eastern Washington in this solid work of historical fiction focusing on the life of William Talmadge, a solitary man, living a quiet life tending to his orchard and selling his apples and apricots in town once a week.

Two sisters, starving, filthy, and pregnant steal from his fruit stand and follow him back to his valley. He feeds and shelters them (setting them up in a seperate cabin on his land), but the world from which the girls came threatens to disrupt the uneasy peace the three have established.

The novel shifts narration between the main characters, adding a sense of movement to a book rich in descriptive detail. The relationship between the external landscape and the interior dimensions of the characters is well drawn and the voice is at once unique to the setting and universal.

The lasting images of the novel, are that of a quiet man on the land, a certain kind of light, and the sound of wind in the trees and grass within an orchard.

Major appeal: Setting; Character

Further reading options: East of the Mountains - David Guterson, The Outlander - Gil Adamson
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message 1: by Jen (new)

Jen I'm not sure if I can handle reading this one. Im interested in your thoughts when your done.

Sarah Jen wrote: "I'm not sure if I can handle reading this one. Im interested in your thoughts when your done."

there are no actual scenes of abuse, but there are references to it, not in full detail. it is a sad book sometimes, especially when following one of the girl's through her life, but you could give it a try, i think if you can read barbara kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible, you can read this...

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