Publication Date: August 2012
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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2012 Indie Next List
“Set in rural Washington state in the early 20th century, The Orchardist tells the story of Talmadge, who has lived alone since his sister disappeared from their home and orchard when he was a young man. His life is changed when two young pregnant teens, escaping from a horrific situation, arrive at the orchard and he decides to let them into his life. Lyrically written, this is a moving book about a man's life, the land on which he lives, and the consequences of caring about others.”
-- Nancy Felton, Broadside Bookshop, Northampton, MA
Conversation Starters from ReadingGroupChoices.com
- How would you describe William Talmadge, the title character of The Orchardist? What adjective best describes his character? What are the factors that have shaped the man he is?