Orchardist, TheCoplin, Amanda
The rhythms of William Talmadge's isolated orchard are irrevocably altered by the arrival of two pregnant teenagers, sisters Della and Jane, on the run from a brothel. A gentle and reclusive man, William is determined to save the girls from the cruel hand that life has dealt them. But with an irate brothel owner hot on their heels, William's willingness to disrupt his ordered existence cannot prevent the approaching tragedy but rather transform it.
From its evocative setting in early 20th Century Washington State through to its beautifully descriptive language, this is a captivating and haunting story of love, loss and what constitutes family.
Comments from GroupsA good lighter read. Masterton 004 This is a beautifully written book. One in which the landscape is almost like a character. One member described it as being like reading a silent movie. It is not a dialogue-driven book. Themes of isolation, family and the land predominate. Everyone loved the first 200 or so pages, but half the group felt the book went on for too long and ended weakly, while the other half felt it was quite perfect, just as it was. Christchurch 390 This was the first time we have all loved a book so much. It was so easy to visualize the settings and we loved the style of the writing. Excellent. Tauranga 035 Most people enjoyed this book - but found the characters' lack of speech a bit disconcerting. This did not detract from the storyline however. We found it well written and descriptive, especially of the orchard. Tauranga 023 Members felt that the book, although riveting for the first half, went on too long and meandered to a finish at the end leaving unanswered questions. Still, they thought it was a good first novel. We have read a number of American books that reflect the easiness of acquiring guns and the havoc created as a result. Auckland 210 The small print in this book posed a problem for some more mature eyes. Hamilton 010 Our members enjoyed the book. We found it well written, and the content thought-provoking. A good discussion was held on Jane and Della, and how their lives had been affected by their childhood. We decided that kindness can help, but not cure. Havelock North 008