Max, who will rely on technology to continue to work, plans to head to the Peachland to prepare the property for sale before he returns to real life as he knows it. The Orchardist (2012) is a novel by American author Amanda Coplin set in the Pacific Northwest at the turn of the 20th century. There was a problem loading your book clubs. She grabbed the other girl's wrist and yanked her along and they went down the empty road like that, panting, one crying, at a hobble-trot. There is nothing sympathetic about her, especially as she increasingly untethers herself from all societal norms, but one still roots for her despite everything. In some lights his flesh was gray; others, tallow; others, red. 448 pages Historical context of rural life in Washington state in early 1900s richly evoked. What're those? These six books challenge our preconceptions and help show how the past shaped the world we live in today. 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. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. Reviews | “The Orchardist: A Novel” by Amanda Coplin (Harper) But Della won’t be freed from her futile quest for vengeance, and Talmadge’s attempt engulfs everyone he cares for. More Books, Published in USA  It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. A good story, but a bit of a slog to get through. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. I saw them do it, said the boy. Not caring what happens to it, he will take the highest offer which generally means developing the property for a higher use than agriculture. When two skittish pregnant girls appear on his homestead, solitary orchardist Talmadge — who carefully tends the grove of fruit trees he has cultivated for nearly half a century — vows to save and protect them. A recipient of residencies from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts and the Ledig House International Writers Residency Program in Ghent, New York, she lives in Portland, Oregon. He tried to recollect every word he had ever spoken to his sister, tried to detect his own meanness or thoughtlessness, his own insensitivity to certain inflections she might have employed. - Publishers Weekly Considered constantly the state of his land, his property, his buildings, his animal. He pulled his cap low. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. His glitzy city life takes a slight detour when he learns that recently deceased May Sprague, who is more commonly referred to as May Sugar - his maternal aunt who he barely remembers - has left him her small peach orchard in Peachland in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. But patient reader will be rewarded by its brilliant evocation of complex lives lived with intensity and steadfastness. (GRAZIA) An utterly enthralling, heart-breaking story. Even his mother, who did not keep in close contact with her sister, doesn't know why, Peachland where Max has not been since he was a child. It was Sunday. August 23, 2012 • Amanda Coplin's first novel follows Talmadge, the titular orchardist, who doesn't stray far from his fruit trees — but trouble comes to him in the form of two pregnant teenage runaways. See our, Read a limited number of articles each month, You consent to the use of cookies and tracking by us and third parties to provide you with personalized ads, Unlimited access to washingtonpost.com on any device, Unlimited access to all Washington Post apps, No on-site advertising or third-party ad tracking. How long ago it was now. They made a grunting sound between them, in their effort at speed. All his mother's sisters he could no longer remember, from Arkansas, who were but shadows of shadows now in his consciousness. A deputy-district attorney, assigned to investigate the murder of the mayor's cousin, finds himself falling for the victim's wife. Superb work from an abundantly gifted young writer." Somebody always gets hurt. Copyright 2012 by Amanda Coplin. His solitary life is shared only with the local midwife, Caroline Middey, and Clee, a Nez Perce horseman and childhood friend. Haunted by the disappearance of his younger sister forty years earlier, William Talmadge has taken refuge in the careful tending of his isolated apple orchard. Reviewed in the United States on August 12, 2017. His glitzy city life takes a slight detour when he learns that recently deceased May Sprague, who is more commonly referred to as May Sugar - his maternal aunt who he barely remembers - has left him her small peach orchard in Peachland in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia.