Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

This debut novel by Amanda Coplin is thoughtfully written and brings to life the experience of life set in rural Washington State in the early 20th century. 

William Talmadge who’s spent 40 years tending his apple and apricot orchard in a high isolated valley, has his solitude came to an abrupt end when two pregnant teenage girls show up and draw on his compassion. 

Throughout the story, William is also befriended by a local herbalist, and a band of wild horse traders.

Although there is tragedy and struggle, as William’s mother would say, “You belong to the earth, and the earth is hard, ” his greatest rewards are in the relationships that develop. 

The characters are gritty, realistic and all too human. The style of writing is very suited to the sense of an era drawing to a close. The reviewer thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel and would highly recommend this book.

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