The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin. From book description:

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.

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  • Shawna

    I loved the book and, as always, our group discussion enhanced my understanding and appreciation of the text.

    May 26, 2013

  • Dmitriy L.

    Sorry, I have to leave earlier. Excellent discussion on a very special book. Looking forward to see all of members next time for a full discussion. :-)

    May 26, 2013

  • Joan P.

    The discussion was fabulous, as always.

    May 26, 2013

  • Dmitriy L.

    Very interesting!

    May 26, 2013

  • Joan P.

    I always enjoy reading reviews and hearing interviews:

    Washington Post: "...the brooding central theme for the rest of her novel: People don’t get over their losses and failures; they try to make up for them in disastrous ways." http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2012-08-17/entertainment/35493283_1_talmadge-della-teenage-sister.

    Author interview and background of novel in The Oregonian:
    http://www.oregonlive.com/books/index.ssf/2013/03/amanda_coplins_novel_path_to_s.html.

    12-min. audio interview with Coplin: http://www.downpour.com/authors/spotlight/amanda-coplin-interview/

    1 · May 25, 2013

  • Joan P.

    I just sent the address to those who RSVPed yes as of 5/22, 1:30 pm. If you decide to attend after that, please email me directly for the address. See you Sunday!

    1 · May 22, 2013

  • Dmitriy L.

    Please e-mail me an address to: [masked] Thanks!

    May 22, 2013

  • Cheryl M.

    Can't wait to see everyone
    I'm almost done with the book and can't wait to hear your thoughts!!!

    1 · May 21, 2013

  • Laura Maslin B.

    It's the last weekend of the school year (grades, grades, grades) and we will be in the mountains opening our cabin. Sorry to miss you all again! Hope to get back on track in June.

    1 · May 20, 2013

  • Janine A.

    Family schedule conflict: I can' t make it, sorry!

    May 11, 2013

  • Shawna

    I love cats, but am allergic. If yours can be out of the room, I should be okay -- if I take an antihistamine. Thanks for the warning!

    May 5, 2013

    • Lisa S.

      Cat can easily be out of house. And I have hardwood floors, which usually helps make it less of a problem for people.

      1 · May 6, 2013

  • Lisa S.

    I just wanted to let everyone know that for the May 26 meeting at my house, I do have 2 dogs and a cat. The cat will most likely not be around, but if you're badly allergic you'll notice. The dogs (2 cocker spaniels) will be in close proximity.

    Will this be a problem for anyone signed up to come?

    May 2, 2013

    • Janine A.

      I used to have a black cocker spaniel. I got him on impulse at the animal shelter because he was going to be euthanized later on. (He was a mature gentleman, with some vision loss). I thought I'd just foster him. Ha! Of course he was my dog from that moment on. I miss him every day. Literally! Every. Day.

      May 3, 2013

    • Lisa S.

      They do know how to wiggle their way into your heart. I suspect my older one is deaf, but she sees quite well and has the energy of a much younger dog. But her breath.... Still you got to love 'em. Anyway, I'm happy to hear the dogs (and cat) are not a problem.

      1 · May 3, 2013

  • Dmitriy L.

    I love cats and they usually like me.

    1 · May 3, 2013

  • Joan P.

    Thank you, Lisa, for hosting!

    1 · April 17, 2013

  • Joan P.

    Offering to change the date just made everything crazier, because there's no alternative date that works for most people. So I'm keeping this date.

    April 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    On vacation! See you in June.

    April 10, 2013

  • Patti C.

    Hi! Just got the message for the May 26 meeting. Can't believe after 8 months away, this one conflicts with the 25th anniversary of good friends. I did RSVP already. I completed the book in anticipation - alas, that IS okay! Enjoy the discussion. Patti

    April 9, 2013

  • Jeanne Deabenderfer G.

    just an fyi - this is Memorial weekend & might impact attendance.

    March 31, 2013

  • Joan P.

    Please note date change! Originally scheduled May 19, now May 26.

    March 23, 2013

  • Patti C.

    Have a great time discussing "In One Person" and consider me there in spirit. Our extended travels are feeling a bit challenging now as we leave India. We'll return to Sonoma for May 1 and it will look beautiful. Hope to join you for "The Orchardist." Namaste - Patti

    March 10, 2013

    • Shawna

      Sorry to hear that travels aren't going smoothly. Maybe the challenges will make for good storytelling. Be safe.

      March 10, 2013

    • Patti C.

      Thanks! It's not that the travel isn't smooth - but, yes, stories abound about both the fine and the challenging parts of our journey. My journal contains some picturesque memories! See you in May! Patti

      1 · March 11, 2013

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