At the turn of the twentieth century, in a remote stretch of Northwest America, a solitary orchardist, Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were his children.
One day, two teenage girls steal his fruit at the market. Feral, scared and very pregnant, they follow Talmadge to his land and form an unlikely attachment to his gentle way of life.
But their fragile peace is shattered when armed men arrive in the orchard. In the tragedy that unfolds, Talmadge must fight to save the lives of those he has learned to love while confronting the ghosts of his own troubled past.
THE ORCHARDIST is an astonishing and unforgettable epic about a man who disrupts the lonely harmony of his life when he opens his heart and lets the world in.
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This is a powerful, wonderfully written first novel. (Kate Saunders THE TIMES)
Coplin's rendering of place invites comparison with William Faulkner's recreations of Mississippi. (Lucian Robinson TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT)
Amanda Coplin follows the path of American epic naturalist writers such as John Steinbeck in her beautifully written debut, in the way she tracks the movement of communities and examines the relationship between people and their environment...From brooding long over deceptively simple ingredients, Coplin has created a psychologically complex novel of considerable emotional power. (Rachel Hore INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)
The Orchardist is a powerful, finely crafted novel. (Suzi Feay FINANCIAL TIMES)
Amanda Coplin's The Orchardist is a haunting and epic debut with shades of Steinbeck. ( GRAZIA)
An utterly enthralling, heart-breaking story. ( EASY LIVING)
I was still thinking about this moving tale, set in early 20th century America, days after reading it. A reclusive man lives alone until two pregnant, feral girls ask for help. As he lets them in, stories of love, loss and revenge unfold. If you like emotional, historical fiction, you'll love this. ( ESSENTIALS)
A powerful moving novel. ( WOMAN & HOME)
This is a story about love, often intensely moving but far bigger than your common or garden tear-jerker and gorgeously written...There are echoes of Silas Marner, as the lonely man and the wild girls become an unorthodox family, but the outside world can't be kept out, as strangers on a mission bring violence into this Eden. The writing is vivid and poetic, with a strong sense of emotional wisdom. (Kate Saunders SAGA)
A beautifully evocative story ( MARIE CLAIRE)
The prose is rich and slow, the book takes its time to immerse us in the lives of the area's inhabitants. It's an immersive experience, about how over years we shape our lives and the lives of those we love and how every action has consequences, good and bad. ( WE LOVE THIS BOOK)
This is a stylishly written debut novel of intense imagery and fine storytelling. ( CHOICE)
Powerful, intense and deeply tender, The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin is set in the American North West at the start of the last century...An original and stunning story by a remarkable new writer. ( RED ONLINE)
The first big debut of 2013 - and it's a corker. Set in a remote part of north-western America at the turn of the 20th century, reclusive William Talmadge has tended his beloved orchard for years. His peace is disturbed by two young girls, pregnant and desperate, needing help, and his decision to offer them shelter on the farm will prove a brave one when armed men arrive to take the girls back. What unfolds is a compelling story of survival in harsh times - don't miss ( THE BOOKSELLER)
There is a strong thread of melancholy running through the novel but it is the great sweep of the landscape that lingers and Talmadge, patiently tending his treasured trees as he watches the world change around him. ( BOOKOXYGEN)
"The Orchardist" is engaging and enthralling. The reader wants to turn each page quickly as the story develops, and wants at the same time to dwell on the lyrical moments of sunshine, soil and love ( SEATTLE TIMES (USA))
Amanda Coplin's somber, majestic debut arrives like an urgent missive from another century. Steeped in the timeless rhythms of agriculture, her story unfolds in spare language as her characters thrash against an existential sense of meaninglessness. Confronted by the stark reminder of mortality, one responds, "It didn't matter" - a weary comment any of them might have made. Coplin's saga of a makeshift family unmoored by loss should be depressing, but, instead, her achingly beautiful prose inspires exhilaration. You can only be thrilled by a 31-year-old writer with this depth of understanding ( WASHINGTON POST (USA))
Another debut generating buzz is Amanda Coplin's The Orchardist, a novel set in the untamed American West in the early 20th century. We think this well-crafted tale of a makeshift family whose lives are shaped by love, violence, and an indelible connection to the land is immensely affecting. ( PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (USA))
His face is pitted, his skin oily, his nose bulbous, his ears elephantine. What gives him a reason to live, his earthly salvation from so many grievous human losses, are fruit trees. This is William Talmadge, the unlikely hero of Amanda Coplin's first novel, "The Orchardist," due Aug. 21. Digging a living out of the hardscrabble fields of the Pacific Northwest in the early 20th century, Talmadge is comfortable with his spare, solitary life. But when two feral girls seek refuge with him, he is reluctantly drawn into a crusade and a family. To describe the plot or characters in more detail would undermine one of the many satisfactions of "The Orchardist"-its surprises. But the soul of the book is its landscape, the avenues of apple, plum and apricot trees that produce not just fruit, but bowers in which to hide, branches from which to drop. (Cynthia Crossen WALL STREET JOURNAL)
"Why are we born?" wonders Della, a question that haunts all the characters. Coplin offers no answers, only the hard certainties of labor and of love that is seldom enough to ease a beloved's pain. Yet the novel is so beautifully written, so alive to the magnificence of the land and the intricate mysteries of human nature, that it inspires awe rather than depression. Superb work from an abundantly gifted young writer ( KIRKUS REVIEWS (USA))
There are echoes of John Steinbeck in this beautiful and haunting debut novel set in early-20th-century Washington State. ( ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY (USA))
The Orchardist is a stunning accomplishment, hypnotic in its storytelling power, by turns lyrical and gritty, and filled with marvels. ( NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO (USA))
Many contemporary novelists have revisited the question of what constitutes a family, but few have responded in a voice as resolute and fiercely poetic. ( NEW YORK TIMES (USA))
The best first novel of 2012 (Alan Cheuse CHICAGO TRIBUNE (USA))
a tender, rich, earthy novel...Coplin tells this story with a sensitivity to the workings of the human heart that manages to be rich with understanding while hardly ever courting condescension. She knows that there are aspects to human motivation about which, to borrow from Henry James, one should never say one knows the last word. By resisting temptation, Coplin has written a novel that is both wonderfully expansive and sharply focused. (Matthew Adams LITERARY REVIEW)
The novel, which often has an epic feel to it, brings to life a fascinating era in American history and vividly depicts a unique set of characters to tell a story that includes action and excitement while at the same time exploring the soul of its protagonist. (Jennifer Lafferty THE EXAMINER (Ireland))
The Orchardist is a good first novel that bodes well for Coplin's future works. ( SUNDAY BUSINESS POST)
This accomplished debut novel by American writer Amanda Coplin is a powerful and deceptively complex tale of sorrow, yearning and humanity. ( BIG ISSUES IN THE NORTH)
Another debut generating buzz is Amanda Coplin's The Orchardist, a novel set in the untamed American West in the early 20th century. We think this well-crafted tale of a makeshift family whose lives are shaped by love, violence, and an indelible connection to the land is immensely affecting. ( PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY (USA))
'A haunting and epic debut with shades of Steinbeck' [GRAZIA] about a makeshift family in the untamed American West. Includes Reading Group Notes.
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Book Description Harper, United States, 2012. Hardback. Book Condition: New. 231 x 157 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780062188502