The Orchardist

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405 Ratings

The Orchardist Book Summary

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. 

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The Orchardist - Amanda Coplin Reviews

  • The Orchardist

    By Pepppper
    The author took great pains to create a plausible villain then mater of factly mentions his death in a conversation with no details. There are similar characters that are built up then lost to the reader. I felt the ending was hohum.
  • Slow

    By Napabema
    Although the story was engrossing it was much too long.
  • Don't waste your time

    By ItsBelle
    This is one of the worst books I've ever read. I didn't like the format. No quotation marks when someone was speaking. It was like one big run-on sentence. The characters were drab. I couldn't wait to finish it. I wish Talmadge didn't go after Della. Who cares what happened to her? And therein lies the problem ... I didn't care about the characters.
  • The Orchardist

    By Nmorganla
    Written so well by one who knows her topic. The story moved fast when called for and then slowed to a gentle. The characters were revealed over their lifetimes. A moving story, hard to see end.
  • The Orchardist

    By Foggiamle
    Beautifully written
  • Orchardist

    By Judystep
    Simply gorgeous writing. I never wanted it to end
  • Awesome read

    By 2 dogslvr
    Beautiful reading poetry at times.
  • Lovely, lyrical

    By squonk
    There is a calming effect reading this novel. The action is deliberate, but not frantic. And it may be the orchard that keeps everything rooted. There's work there, and peace, beyond the human drama. I'm eating apples now, thinking about all the activity, sharing with the characters ...
  • The Orchardist

    By Robandjudy
    What a boring read.
  • The Orchardist

    By Peg1gy
    This is a beautiful, beautiful story with wonderful word pictures. The story is one of gentleness forced into a harsh world. It is easy to read. I feel I know the characters. It teaches the importance of honesty and communication between people.

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