Amanda Coplin, author of The Orchardist, on tour March 2013

Posted By on February 4, 2013

The OrchardistAbout The Orchardist

• Paperback: 448 pages
• Publisher: Harper Perennial (March 5, 2013)

A Best Book of the Year

Washington Post • Seattle Times • The Oregonian National Public Radio • Amazon • Kirkus Reviews Publishers Weekly • The Daily Beast

An Indie Next Pick

A Barnes & Noble Discover Pick

At the turn of the twentieth century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were loved ones. A gentle man, he’s found solace in the sweetness of the fruit he grows and the quiet, beating heart of the land he cultivates. One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit at the market; they later return to the outskirts of his orchard to see the man who gave them no chase.

Feral, scared, and very 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 shattering tragedy that follows will set Talmadge on an irrevocable course not only to save and protect them but also to reconcile the ghosts of his own troubled past.

Transcribing America as it once was before railways and roads connected its corners, Amanda Coplin weaves a tapestry of solitary souls who come together in the wake of unspeakable cruelty and misfortune. She writes with breathtaking precision and empathy, and in The Orchardist she crafts an astonishing debut novel about a man who disrupts the lonely harmony of an ordered life when he opens his heart and lets the world in.

Amanda CoplinAbout 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.

Find out more at Amanda’s website and connect with her on Facebook.

Amanda’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, March 5th: Book Club Classics!

Thursday, March 7th: Book Snob

Friday, March 8th: Unabridged Chick

Tuesday, March 12th: A Bookish Affair

Thursday, March 14th: Cerebral Girl in a Redneck World

Friday, March 15th: 5 Minutes For Books

Saturday, March 16th: Unabridged Chick

Monday, March 18th: The Betty and Boo Chronicles

Tuesday, March 19th: Tiffany’s Bookshelf

Wednesday, March 20th: Raging Bibliomania

Thursday, March 21st: Becca’s Byline

Monday, March 25th: Amused By Books

Tuesday, March 26th: A Library of My Own

Wednesday, March 27th: Silver’s Reviews

Thursday, March 28th: Between the Covers

Friday, March 29th: missris

Monday, April 1st: Lit and Life

Tuesday, April 2nd: Paperback Princess


One Response to “Amanda Coplin, author of The Orchardist, on tour March 2013”

  1. Elizabeth says:

    This book is FABULOUS.

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