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The Orchardist

Amanda Coplin

Set in early-20th-century Washington State, Coplin's breathtaking first novel traces the fortunes of a lonely orchardist and the two abused teenagers he takes in. William Talmadge lives at the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, where he has tenderly cared for the fruits of his orchard for nearly 50 years. When two frightened, heavily pregnant girls arrive, Talmadge invites them to stay. Just as the girls begin to trust him, men arrive in the orchard with guns, and the tragedy that ensues will change all their lives forever. An astonishing debut.