Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $0.10 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
At the Edge of the Orchard: A Novel Hardcover – March 15, 2016
|New from||Used from|
Enhance your purchase
"The Haunting of Brynn Wilder" by Wendy Webb
From the author of Daughters of the Lake comes an enthralling spellbinder of love, death, and a woman on the edge. | Learn more
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Frequently bought together
From Publishers Weekly
“Chevalier is a master at foregrounding the small, dramatic stories of overlooked people from the past.”
“Sometimes, a book comes along that somehow ticks all the boxes. This is one of those books: The voices are rich and individual; the attention to detail impressive; the scent of apples, damp earth, and pines runs potently through the whole. A joy.”
—Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat
“With impeccable research and flawless prose, Chevalier perfectly conjures the grandeur of the pristine Wild West Robert encounters, the bawdiness of the period, and the commanding needs of the everyday adventurers — male and female — who were bold enough or foolish enough to be drawn to the unknown. She crafts for us an excellent experience.”
“A well written tale about people with courage, including strong women who make the best of what life offers.”
“Chevalier is a gifted conjurer.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“Excellently researched…brings to life a seminal chapter in American history…A compelling look at what was lost and gained in westward expansion.”
“A heartbreaking narrative of an Ohio pioneer family’s struggles…A pleasureable literary experience.”
“Chevalier’s research is painstakingly detailed without weighing down the story…Chevalier has created a patchwork of stories…together they form a picture of lives wrested from an unforgiving land, but with a promise of renewal.”
Praise for Tracy Chevalier:
"Evokes entire landscapes...a master of voices."
—New York Times Book Review (on Falling Angels)
"Absorbing...[Chevalier] creates a world reminiscent of a Vermeer interior: suspended in a particular moment, it transcends its time and place."
—The New Yorker (on Girl With a Pearl Earring)
“Chevalier admirably weaves historical figures and actual events into a compelling narrative.”
—San Francisco Chronicle (on Remarkable Creatures)
"Chevalier's signature talent lies in bringing alive the ordinary day-to-dayness of the past...lovingly evoked."
—Elle (on Burning Bright)
"Chevalier's ringing prose is as radiantly efficient as well-tended silver."
—Entertainment Weekly (on Falling Angels)
- Publisher : Viking; First Edition (March 15, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0525953000
- ISBN-13 : 978-0525953005
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.81 x 0.94 x 8.56 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,134,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
This one starts with the twist right at the beginning: we meet one of the most mismatched couples I've ever met in a book (granted I don't look for books about mismatched couples ...). James and Sadie Goodenough may have been attracted to each other when they were happily settled in Connecticut but we meet them after they have left the Goodenough family farm and struck out on their own, in the Black Swamp of northwest Ohio.
Sounds like a place that would challenge anybody but James makes a good run at settling in this contrary and difficult patch of country. To maintain their land and raise their five children, they must tame their patch of land by growing a garden and an orchard of 50 apple trees. Its a struggle for any couple but made more difficult because Sadie is bitter and hates being on this patch of land and she is jealous of James' love for the orchard, especially, the "biters," fruit that is sweet and good for eating, vs. the "Spitters," used for juice and applejack.
The Goodenoughs are not a happy family and soon enough, their youngest child, Robert, flees the family home and travels west, eventually reaching California. With no more land further west in which to flee, Robert finding himself falling in love with trees as his father before him. In the midst of it all, Robert finds himself settling his past debts and adjusting to his life, striking a claim to a future of his own making and choosing.
We follow the son who escapes the tragedy of his family west during the Gold Rush, farther west to the redwoods of California, San Francisco, Oakland. We visit groves of giant Sequoias- shipping of seedlings to far away England, a cast of characters- unexpected and unique.
I have recently read several of Chevalier’s novels. Her historical fiction is meticulously researched. Although this was not my favorite, I was still riveted from beginning to end.
Top reviews from other countries
This is a good book and the characters are believable, though as I found the eventual outcome fairly predictable I have deducted a star.
I enjoyed the writing very much, but found the changes of narrator with such different outlooks to life and dates a little confusing at first. So had to back track sometimes to clarify. Lovely horticultural theme that entertained and educated at the same time.