The Orchid Thief

The Orchid Thief

By Susan Orlean

Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780449003718, 320pp.

Publication Date: January 4, 2000

Description
"NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER A "NEW YORK TIMES" NOTABLE BOOK
A modern classic of personal journalism, "The Orchid Thief" is Susan Orlean's wickedly funny, elegant, and captivating tale of an amazing obsession. Determined to clone an endangered flower the rare ghost orchid "Polyrrhiza lindenii "a deeply eccentric and oddly attractive man named John Laroche leads Orlean on an unforgettable tour of America's strange flower-selling subculture, through Florida's swamps and beyond, along with the Seminoles who help him and the forces of justice who fight him. In the end, Orlean and the reader will have more respect for underdog determination and a powerful new definition of passion.
In this new edition, coming fifteen years after its initial publication and twenty years after she first met the orchid thief, Orlean revisits this unforgettable world, and the route by which it was brought to the screen in the film "Adaptation, " in a new retrospective essay.
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Praise for "The Orchid Thief"
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Stylishly written, whimsical yet sophisticated, quirkily detailed and full of empathy . . . "The Orchid Thief" shows Orlean s] gifts in full bloom. "The New York Times Book Review "
Fascinating . . . an engrossing journey full] of theft, hatred, greed, jealousy, madness, and backstabbing. "Los Angeles Times"
Orlean's snapshot-vivid, pitch-perfect prose . . . is fast becoming one of our national treasures. "The Washington Post Book World"
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Orlean's gifts are] her ear for the self-skewing dialogue, her eye for the incongruous, convincing detail, and her Didion-like deftness in description. "Boston Sunday Globe"
A swashbuckling piece of reporting that celebrates some virtues that made America great. "The Wall Street Journal.


About the Author
Susan Orlean has been a staff writer at "The New Yorker" since 1992. She is the author of seven books, including "Rin Tin Tin", "Saturday Night", and "The Orchid Thief", which was made into the Academy Award winning film "Adaptation". She lives with her family and her animals in upstate New York and may be reached at SusanOrlean.com and Twitter.com/SusanOrlean.


Praise For The Orchid Thief

“Stylishly written, whimsical yet sophisticated, quirkily detailed and full of empathy . . . The Orchid Thief shows [Orlean’s] gifts in full bloom.”The New York Times Book Review
 
“Fascinating . . . an engrossing journey [full] of theft, hatred, greed, jealousy, madness, and backstabbing.”Los Angeles Times
 
“Orlean’s snapshot-vivid, pitch-perfect prose . . . is fast becoming one of our national treasures.”The Washington Post Book World
 
“Orlean’s gifts [are] her ear for the self-skewing dialogue, her eye for the incongruous, convincing detail, and her Didion-like deftness in description.”Boston Sunday Globe
 
“A swashbuckling piece of reporting that celebrates some virtues that made America great.”The Wall Street Journal