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The Orchardist

November 2013 book selection

The Orchardist

by Amanda Coplin

November 11, 2013 | Vicki Lorini

Only a little more than a week to go until our Face to Face discussion of The Orchardist, by Amanda Coplin.  I hope you have your seat at the table reserved, as this event is sold out. If you can't make it to the meeting, you can still participate. What question or comment do you have about this remarkable book? Let us know in our comments section here.  Another way we would appreciate hearing from you...What books or authors would you like to see us cover next year? We will be talking about books, authors and all things reading the whole month of December, right here on our website.  We will also be giving you the details on our upcoming Author events and parties, so keep it tuned to

See you on the 19th in our Community Room or right here, next week.

As always, thanks for reading.

November 5, 2013 | Vicki Lorini

With our weather turning to Fall, it is a bit more like what I imagine it to be. in the setting of The Orchardist.  A beautiful yet bleak panorama of days and smoke and sadness.  As emotionally trying as the characters' lives are, the landscape of this Washington valley seems to have taken itself as a character in this breathtaking novel by Amanda Coplin. The despair is visible, as is the potential for delight in a small orchard, given to Jane's daughter.  The possibility of new growth is there, but seemingly always just out of reach. Having read this book cover to cover in only several days, it has stuck with me through this month.  I am so curious to have our conversation.  Join us, in our Community Room, Tuesday, November 19th at 6:30 in the evening. We'll talk about this book, our next big event and about what we want to read in 2014.  I have read one book this month that I think will qualify as worthy of our time.  The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt.  It has been called Dickensian, which I know will please some in our group and scare others.  Maureen Corrigan, from NPR, also calls it "ingenious" and "exuberantly plotted".  I just called it 800 pages of time well spent.  We'll consider it.

As always, thanks for reading and see you soon.

October 22, 2013 | Vicki Lorini

Have you finished reading our selection, The Orchardist, yet? If not, I cannot imagine how you have managed to put it down.  I miss these characters as if they have been wrenched away from my arms.  What an incredible writer is Amanda Coplin.  Even her minor characters, the wrangler for instance, come fully clothed and humored.  Without giving the story away, let me know what you think of this book. I can't wait until we meet on November 19th.

October 16, 2013 | Vicki Lorini

What a book this is turning out to be.  No wonder it has been receiving accolades from NPR, The New York Times, The Guardian and many of my book loving colleagues. How are you finding it?

What really happened to Talmadge's sister? What really happened in that dreadful house that Jane and Della came from?  What in the world will become of Angelene?  I am finding this book dark, but exhilarating. the visualization of the valley, the trees, the horses and of course the characters is tremendous and really sucks you completely into this world.  I find Coplin's writing haunting and absolutely entrancing.  Suspicions are on every page, but she is very clever at keeping us guessing. 

October 9, 2013 | Vicki Lorini

We hope you will join us on Tuesday, November 19th at 6:30pm for a discussion of the book “The Orchardist” by Amanda Coplin.

This book, which takes place in the late 1800"s in The Pacific Northwest is a tale of a lonely man, two teenage pregnant girls and their past, present and future. The writing is amazing, and very compelling.  In starting the book, I found I wanted to physically turn it over to see if I could discern what was about to happen. 

As with all the books we choose, I think this one will be even better in the conversation after reading than in the actual reading.

Please join us on Tuesday, November 19th in our Community Room, for what will surely be an interesting conversation.