The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

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14 Critic Reviews

... immensely affecting first novel.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

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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Amanda Coplin was born in Wenatchee, Washington, and raised amid her grandfather's orchards. She received her BA from the University of Oregon, and MFA from the University of Minnesota. 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.
 
Published August 21, 2012 by Harper. 453 pages
Genres: Westerns, Literature & Fiction, History, Science & Math. Fiction
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All: 14 | Positive: 14 | Negative: 0

Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Jun 22 2012

... immensely affecting first novel.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by ManOfLaBook.com on Aug 26 2012

The Orchardist is a beautifully written and haunting novel, a mood not usually captured by first time authors.

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NPR

Excellent
Reviewed by Jane Ciabattari on Aug 23 2012

The Orchardist is a stunning accomplishment, hypnotic in its storytelling power, by turns lyrical and gritty, and filled with marvels.

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Star Tribune

Excellent
Reviewed by Cindy Wolfe Boynton on Aug 17 2012

Coplin's prose is fresh and compelling, bringing Talmadge and the other characters to vivid life.

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Dallas News

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Aug 31 2012

A superb work from an abundantly gifted young writer.

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The Seattle Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Mary Ann Gwinn on Sep 11 2012

The best first novel I've read this fall is Amanda Coplin's "The Orchardist...

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Oregon Live

Excellent
Reviewed by Katie Schneider on Aug 12 2012

As a debut novel, "The Orchardist" stands on par with Charles Frazier's "Cold Mountain."

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Denver Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Robin Vidimos on Sep 02 2012

This is a novel to burrow into, to be submerged in a world that is both lovely and hard.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Wendy Smith on Aug 17 2012

...her achingly beautiful prose inspires exhilaration.

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Oprah.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Leigh Newman on Sep 17 2012

...double-edged insights that make this book a wise and great American novel.

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Buffalo Rising

Excellent
Reviewed by Meg Cheman on Aug 12 2012

Coplin's debut novel is highly recommended and this reviewer looks forward to her next offering.

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BookBrowse

Excellent
Reviewed by Book Browse on Aug 15 2012

She writes with breathtaking precision and empathy...

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Excellent
Reviewed by Katherine Dykstra on Aug 15 2012

The Orchardist, gathers quietly like a storm, rages and then recedes, leaving the reader shaken yet standing in a place of calm.

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She Knows

Good
Reviewed by Jen of Devourer of Books on Aug 12 2012

The reader turns pages almost without realizing it in order to discover what will happen to these vibrant and beloved characters.

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