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The Orchardist: A Novel (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Amanda Coplin

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Member:brangwinn
Title:The Orchardist: A Novel
Authors:Amanda Coplin
Info:Harper (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 448 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:Washington State, Wenatchee

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The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin (2012)

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This was a beautifully written, unique, intense, at times raw, spare, and in some parts very sad novel with well developed characters. I was engrossed from the start and found it a fast read with unusual plot and relationships. It was placed in the northwest U.S.. Highly recommended, though not for everyone. The subject matter did include some very difficult topics that I won't name to avoid spoilers. ( )
  jennybooks | Mar 19, 2016 |
Did not read this - Lambertvlille book club cancelled it!
  ValNewHope | Mar 5, 2016 |
This book started out so good but I did not feel very satisfied with the ending. ( )
1 vote Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Feb 23, 2016 |
4★ 💕

intense.....psychologically complex...vividly descriptive

I'm hesitate when I think about describing The Orchardist

On a basic level, it revolves around an isolated rural stretch of land in the Pacific Northwest
and a host of characters bound to one another through the land.

The time is turn of the 20th century," a gentle solitary orchardist, Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots.
Then two feral, pregnant girls and armed gunmen set Talmadge on an irrevocable course not only to save and protect but to reconcile the ghosts of his own troubled past."

The first few paragraphs created a mental picture of William Talmadge that was striking.
Coplin continues this intensity in presenting other characters and a razor sharp vividness in defining the landscape.

The characters evolve in such a manner that a few simple descriptive words seem inadequate.
At one point I may see Della as raw, feral, frightening.
Then perhaps she's almost childlike and fearful.
Talmadge at one time may be gentle and ordered and then stubborn and obsessive at another time.

Both characters and themes are psychologically complex and emotionally intense.
The story evolves on many levels.

This debut novel definitely held my attention ( )
  pennsylady | Feb 1, 2016 |
Pretty good but wouldn't recommend to just anyone. ( )
  KathyGilbert | Jan 29, 2016 |
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To my family
And in memory of my grandfather
Dwayne Eugene Sanders
1936-1994
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His face was as pitted as the moon.
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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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When two feral girls--one of them very pregnant--appear on his homestead, solitary orchardist Talmadge, who carefully tends the grove of fruit trees he has cultivated for nearly half a century, vows to save and protect them.

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