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The Orchardist

Amanda Coplin

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Northwest Territories, Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

'A haunting and epic debut with shades of Steinbeck' [GRAZIA] about a makeshift family in the untamed American West.

At the turn of the 20th century, in a remote stretch of Northwest America, a solitary orchardist, Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were his children.

One day, two teenage girls steal his fruit at the market. Feral, scared and very pregnant, they follow Talmadge to his land and form an unlikely attachment to his gentle way of life. But their fragile peace is shattered when armed men arrive in the orchard. In the tragedy that unfolds, Talmadge must fight to save the lives of those he has learned to love while confronting the ghosts of his own troubled past.

THE ORCHARDIST is an astonishing and unforgettable epic about a man who disrupts the lonely harmony of his life when he opens his heart and lets the world in.

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Amanda Coplin

Amanda Coplin was born in 1981 in Wenatchee, Washington, a town famous for its orchards. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota and now lives in Minneapolis. THE ORCHARDIST is her first novel.

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