At the turn of the 20th century in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a gentle solitary orchardist, Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots. Then two feral, pregnant girls and armed gunmen set Talmadge on an irrevocable course not only to save and protect but to reconcile the ghosts of his own troubled past.
#AmandaCoplin The Orchardist [Kindle Edition] At the turn of the twentieth 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 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.
Orphaned as a teen, Talmadge manages to build an apple and apricot orchard in Washington and becomes a virtual recluse. When two young, pregnant girls show up on his land, he takes them in and his life is forever changed. I liked the beginning of this book, but it was a slow, hard read.
William is the orchardist who has lived alone for most of his 40 years, tending the orchard where he grew up with his mother & sister. His mother died when he was still very young, & his sister disappeared as a young woman. It may be that secret pain that prompts him to take care of two pregnant teenagers who wander onto his property looking for food. They're running away from a brothel run by a drug addict. Talmadge's decision to shelter the girls changes his life forever.