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At once intimate and epic, The Orchardist is historical fiction at its best, in the grand literary tradition of William Faulkner, Marilynne Robinson, Michael Ondaatje, Annie Proulx, and Toni Morrison.
In her stunningly original and haunting debut novel, 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.
Publishers Weekly Review
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I was totally engrossed is this story of unspoken love and loss. It was very well written and deeply touching. Thank you.
The book starts off well. A man tending his orchard sees 2 young girls hiding out and decides to help them. The story of what had happened and what will happen to the two young sisters unfolds in the next 500+pages. Story should have been edited down to 350 pages. By page 150 I started to get impatient with all the extra unnecessary wording. The main character (man who tends/owns the orchard) just started to annoy me. He is a John Wayne person; kind affable, doesn't take action. Problem is the John Wayne characters got tough and took action . This guy never does. I wanted to shake him and yell "do something already"!! Well, it takes 500 pages for him to move to action. No I didn't read it thoroughly , just skimmed through. Reading a line or two on each page was enough (or less). Too many other things about this book was just annoying.
Enjoyed reading this very much. Wonderfully written and captures the beauty of what is never said - but should be (?)