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At the turn of the twentieth century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were loved ones. A gentle man, he's found solace in the sweetness of the fruit he grows and the quiet, beating heart of the land he cultivates. One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit from the market; they later return to the outskirts of his orchard to see the man who gave them no chase. Feral, scared, and very pregnant, the girls take up on Talmadge's land and indulge in his deep reservoir of compassion. Just as the girls begin to trust him, men arrive in the orchard with guns, and the shattering tragedy that follows will set Talmadge on an irrevocable course not only to save and protect but also to reconcile the ghosts of his own troubled past.

Transcribing America as it once was before railways and roads connected its corners, Amanda Coplin weaves a tapestry of solitary souls who come together in the wake of unspeakable cruelty and misfortune. She writes with breathtaking precision and empathy, and in The Orchardist she crafts an astonishing debut novel about a man who disrupts the lonely harmony of an ordered life when he opens his heart and lets the world in.


The Orchardist
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The Orchardist
July 14th, 2014
Never went where I thought it would go.
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January 24th, 2014
A beautifully written story with an unusual twist. It was one of those stories that i was eager to get back to yet didn't want to get to the end. Aw wonderful story that shows that families can become in many ways.
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A beautiful and very ernest book
April 1st, 2013
It took me back in time to a place where my relatives probably grew up. Rich in detail, poignant. Sad. I've lived in Spokane, Seattle, Yakima and Walla Walla, so it was even more meaningful to me.
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