The OrchardistThe Orchardist

The OrchardistA debut novel by Amanda Coplin captures the atmosphere of the turn of the twentieth century in the orchard country of Washington State. The Orchardist has both elements of historical fiction as well as an intertwined story of Talmadge, a reclusive and sorrowful man who tends various fruits of the orchards of the Wenatchee Valley. For a time he becomes a foster father for two adolescent girls and the drama that ensues from that in addition to the history of the region, like the new railroad, boom of orchards and distribution centers and timbers camps make up the story that Amanda Coplin paints so well. It is very descriptive, at times perhaps too much, but it leaves nothing for want and will definitely make you feel as though you are one with the story as well as the region and time.

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