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The Orchardist: A Novel by Amanda Coplin

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

by Amanda Coplin

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

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The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin (2012)



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This lyrical and complex novel spans the life of a man, William Talmadge. The novel is both a remarkable portrayal of friendship as well as a devastating story of loss, and of how individuals attempt to create their own families. Coplin writes without sentimentality. Her psychologically complex characters don't find redemption--the most damaged character remains damaged despite the best efforts of others--but even her most deeply flawed characters remain sympathetic. Overall, it is a terrific book. ( )
  eapalmer | Apr 13, 2014 |
Casts a nice spell. A trip to the early West. Loved the even, respectful treatment of women and native americans with show not tell. Slow unveiling of subplot with sister superb.
  torreyhouse | Apr 10, 2014 |
Didn't like the book, the story drug out way too long and was hard to
understand the characters fatal flaws. Not enough details to warrant certain behaviors. ( )
  Amante | Mar 27, 2014 |
Coplin's descriptive writing made this book the gem that it is. Talmadge, the main character, lives a spare, focused life in the Pacific Northwest. The writer well knows the area and scribes a detailed, loving tale, a lá William Faulkner. You can feel the scrape of the grass against your ankles as you stroll through his orchard at sunset, feeling the gnarled trunks of the apple trees. Definitely worth reading. ( )
  obedah | Mar 26, 2014 |
couldn't finish; story not compelling enough;writing not engaging ( )
  eileenmary | Mar 23, 2014 |
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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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