“<A> mysterious, compelling, elemental novel….In The Orchardist , Amanda Coplin shows us what’s unknowable.” —Bonnie Jo Campbell, authorof National Book Award finalist, American Salvage “Within this world are compelling charactersand their equally compelling stories. The Orchardist is an outstanding debut.” —Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling authorof Serenaand The Cove “Coplin is a masterful writer,the tellerof an epic, unvarnished tale that sits comfortably with other novels inthe traditionof great American storytelling.” —Wally Lamb, New York Times bestselling author of The Hour I First Believed At
Transcribing America as it once
intimateand epic, The Orchardist is historical fiction atits best,in the grand literary traditionof William Faulkner, Marilynne Robinson, Michael Ondaatje, Annie Proulx,and Toni Morrison. In her stunningly originaland haunting debut novel, Amanda Coplin evokes a powerful sense of place, mixing tendernessand violence asshe spinsan engrossing tale ofa solitary orchardistwho provides shelter to two runaway teenage girls inthe untamed American West,and the dramatic consequences of his actions.
Shelfari edited the description of The Orchardist Sunday, June 3, 2012.