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The Orchardist (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Amanda Coplin, TBA (Narrator)

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Title:The Orchardist
Authors:Amanda Coplin
Other authors:TBA (Narrator)
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The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin (2012)

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Yes this book was slow going, yes sometimes you were just waiting for something to happen, but I still liked it a lot. I thought it was an interesting story about different characters that are not often subjects for a novel. You really did understand all the idiosyncrasies of the main characters and why they behaved in a certain way. I liked the author's fluid and descriptive writing style ( )
  janismack | Sep 3, 2015 |
When I read a review after reading the book, it referred to to the narration as flowing like a "honeyed river," and that describes it quite well. Talmadge, the main character is a quiet, lonely older man who owns and tends to acres of orchards in the Pacific Northwest in the late 1800's. He moves and thinks slowly but deliberately, as does the plot of the novel. It almost made me feel guilty when I tried to read quickly to speed things up a bit.(It is over 450 pages in length!)
Talmadge has lived a very hard life that turns upside down when two pregnant teenage girls turn up on his property. In his slow and quiet way, he allows these damaged people into his life and into his heart. The novel is beautifully descriptive and well worth reading if you are patient. ( )
  TheresaCIncinnati | Aug 17, 2015 |
Well written but became very draggy in the middle and never really picked up. ( )
  antrat1965 | Jun 28, 2015 |
feels like something that should have been assigned in high school. lovely and lyrical. ( )
  onodsle | May 29, 2015 |
a story set in the pnw at the turn of the century. some wonderful writing, a very comfortable read. interesting characters ( )
  michaelbartley | Apr 13, 2015 |
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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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