The Orchardist

A Novel by Amanda Coplin

The New York Times bestselling novel, The Orchardist, marks the "engaging and enthralling" (Seattle Times) debut of writer Amanda Coplin. At the turn of the twentieth century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, patiently tends to his apples and apricots. A gentle man, he's found solace in the sweetness of the fruit he grows and the land he cultivates. One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit from the market; they later return to the outskirts of his orchard to see the man who gave them no chase. Scared and pregnant, the girls take up on Talmadge's land and indulge in his deep reservoir of compassion. Just as the girls begin to trust him, men arrive in the orchard with guns, and the tragedy that follows will set Talmadge on an irrevocable course not only to save and protect but also to reconcile the ghosts of his own troubled past.

"The Orchardist is a stunning accomplishment, hypnotic in its storytelling power, by turns lyrical and gritty, and filled with marvels. Coplin displays a dazzling sense of craftsmanship, and a talent for creating characters vivid and true." - National Public Radio

"Amanda Coplin’s somber, majestic debut arrives like an urgent missive from another century. Life and death, loss and recovery, failure and redemption, Coplin reminds us that these opposites are woven together in the fabric of human experience." - Washington Post

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The Orchardist, a novel by Amanda Coplin

About Amanda Coplin

Amanda Coplin

Amanda Coplin was born in Wenatchee, Washington. 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 Omi International Arts Center at Ledig House in Ghent, New York, she lives in Portland, Oregon. Read more...

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Recent News

The Orchardist wins the 2014 Readers' Choice Award at the Oregon State Book Awards. 

The National Book Foundation names Amanda Coplin one of their 5 Under 35 authors for 2013.

Amanda Coplin receives a 2013 Whiting Writers' Award.

The Orchardist wins the 2013 Washington State Book Award.



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