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At the Edge of the Orchard
At the Edge of the Orchard | Tracy Chevalier
From internationally bestselling author Tracy Chevalier, a riveting drama of a pioneer family on the American frontier1838: James and Sadie Goodenough have settled where their wagon got stuck in the muddy, stagnant swamps of northwest Ohio. They and their five children work relentlessly to tame their patch of land, buying saplings from a local tree man known as John Appleseed so they can cultivate the fifty apple trees required to stake their claim on the property. But the orchard they plant sows the seeds of a long battle. James loves the apples, reminders of an easier life back in Connecticut; while Sadie prefers the applejack they make, an alcoholic refuge from brutal frontier life.1853: Their youngest child Robert is wandering through Gold Rush California. Restless and haunted by the broken family he left behind, he has made his way alone across the country. In the redwood and giant sequoia groves he finds some solace, collecting seeds for a naturalist who sells plants from the new world to the gardeners of England. But you can run only so far, even in America, and when Roberts past makes an unexpected appearance he must decide whether to strike out again or stake his own claim to a home at last. Chevalier tells a fierce, beautifully crafted story in At the Edge of the Orchard, her most graceful and richly imagined work yet.
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Louise
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I am always amazed by Tracy Chevalier‘s ability to bring a certain historical time and place to such vivid life. This #audiobook is very well presented by the voice actors. The story of the harsh life on the American frontier for a family of apple-growers and of the son who makes his way to California—first for gold and then to harvest seeds and saplings of redwood and sequoia trees for the European market—is rich in history & emotionally moving.

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MallenNC
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This book is historical fiction featuring the real Johnny Appleseed. I don‘t remember a lot of details but I remember thinking I couldn‘t believe I was reading something interesting involving planting #apple trees. #FallisBooked

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🍎 1mo
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megnews
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Set in #Ohio, I enjoyed this one a few years back.

#apples

Jari-chan Great book! ♥️ 1mo
Dolly I picked this one up at a library sale yesterday because of the author. Hadn‘t known about this title. 1mo
Eggs Great author👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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Butterfinger
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@megnews @Laughterhp @Chrissyreadit I have changed my mind. I didn't want to have anything in the 20th century and this is set in the 19th. Has anyone read it?

megnews I have. It‘s good. I like Chevalier. 2mo
Butterfinger @megnews @Laughterhp @Chrissyreadit what about Diamonte's The Red Tent? 2mo
megnews I haven‘t read that. 2mo
Chrissyreadit I read The Red Tent, but over 20 years ago- so I am open to reading it again. My daughter participated in a Red Tent monthly meeting for two years with 4 other girls and two moms/ midwives to learn about health and sexuality. It was an amazing experience that was based how much women learned during their time spent in Red Tents. 2mo
Laughterhp I haven‘t read The Red Tent or heard of it. So I‘d be open to reading it. I don‘t know it will be my taste though. 2mo
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Librarybelle
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Chevalier writes captivating historical novels. I‘ve yet to read this one, but she uses research to tell the story of Johnny Appleseed, a folk hero in the United States (yes, he was a real guy). #Harvest #FallIsBooked

OriginalCyn620 Love the cover! 😊🍎 2mo
megnews This was the one I was thinking of too! 😀 2mo
MallenNC I‘m using this one for Apple later in the month. I have read it and it was good, but I kept thinking I can‘t believe I‘m reading about apple trees. 2mo
Librarybelle @megnews Great kinda think alike! 2mo
Librarybelle @MallenNC Haha! This will be a good pick for the apple prompt, no pun intended! 2mo
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Jari-chan
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This book makes you eat a lot of apples. Also, it's a wonderful story about family, oneself and where we go. Apples and trees are not only important parts of this story but also very strong symbols of life that always finds its way.

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Tex2Flo
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What made me think this was an historical novel about Adam and Eve????

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Pandalibrarian
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I finished listening to this today and really liked it. The narrators did a great job bringing the characters to life. I didn‘t like the parents very much but you need to know their story to better understand Robert and Martha. Loved the ending.

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squirrelbrain
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Thanks so much for sending me this book @kathedron ! I have to admit I wasn‘t sure at first - a book about apple trees?! I started it yesterday morning on the train to work and just finished it now on the train home - that means I devoured it in less than 2 hours - I loved it!

#jbuk

Crazeedi This looks good, adding! 13mo
kathedron I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it after all! You're quite some speedy reader! 13mo
squirrelbrain @crazeedi - it was fab! 13mo
squirrelbrain @kathedron - yes I am a speedy reader and, with this book probably even more so, I just couldn‘t stop as I loved it so much! 13mo
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Bookwormjillk
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I liked this story. The characters weren‘t traditionally likable, but I was rooting for them by the end. The audiobook narrators added a lot to the story.

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reginacharlotte
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I Iove how Chevalier alternates the first person perspectives between James and Sadie Goodenough to build their characters. Sadie is so easy to hate until we hear from her! So much of her perceived meanness is due to guilt, tired frustration, and her own self created isolation from her family. I keep wanting to see things work out in Black Swamp, but the Goodenough heads seem like such a completely tragic couple.

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Kdunn52
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Mehso-so

Cool and sad storyline.

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hike.read.repeat
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I haven‘t read this book, I don‘t even know what it‘s about but it‘s v pretty. This is the inside of the cover.

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slhbooks
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A good read. I completely disliked the parents, James and Sadie Goodenough. What a miserable, mean, dysfunctional couple! They made me want to abandon the book despite my love of all things apple orchard🍎But, I kept on and enjoyed the second story line of the book that followed their son Robert on his work and travels amongst the redwoods and sequoias in early 1850s California.

Cathythoughts Yes I disliked the parents too , not a favorite of mine. But I‘m glad I finished it 2y
RebelReader No one could like the parents, but I enjoyed this book as a whole too @Cathythoughts 2y
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kellock
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Really enjoyed this. Chevalier painted a vivid picture of an emerging landscape and created a series of wonderfully different characters. And yes that is Little House on the Prairie in the background #childhoodmemories

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kellock
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I like the idea of horses having a sense of humour 🐴

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kellock
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Do like a lazy morning in bed. I'm enjoying this book, it's shifted from a 2 person perspective to a series of letters from one of the children.

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kellock
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I'm so indecisive!! This arrived in the post today and it looks too good not to read straight away. My other book will just have to wait 📚

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Mdargusch
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I keep a few #bookishaccessories close by in my little IKEA box. I'm new to this. I used to just read the books. Now I have to have a box for my Litsy stuff. 😂 #blameitonlitsy #autumnreads

Cathythoughts I read that Tracy Chevalier 👍 2y
Mdargusch I'm about to bail @Cathythoughts Its so dark and dismal. The father just beat the daughter because the mother forced her to use his apples in a pie. And the mud. And the swamp. 2y
Cathythoughts Yes. It is all of that , dark & dismal. Dismal being the word. It did put me off reading any more of her books. I did finish it. But I wouldn't read any more Chevalier. Dark can be brilliant, but not in this case (edited) 2y
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minkyb ❣️❣️❣️ 2y
Reviewsbylola Cute! Love the page flags. 2y
emilyhaldi Lolololol 😂 2y
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Mdargusch
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I have already posted about some of my #fallreads that I picked out for #ripxii, so I thought I would add this to my TBR pile. I love to pick and eat apples in the fall - thank you Johnny Appleseed! 🍎🍎🍎 #fallintoreading #autumnreads

Reviewsbylola I think maybe Lori read and liked this. 2y
Mdargusch I've had it in my TBR pile for over a year. 😳I need to get to it @Reviewsbylola 2y
emilyhaldi Love the fall ☺️🍎🍏🏈🎃🍂🍁 2y
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megnews
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🍎 cider is just around the corner. Ready for fall. #oberlincollegegradauthor #setinohio #ohiofiction #johnnyappleseed

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Melissa_J
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Thank you fellow Littens, for introducing me to The Book Outlet. My already overflowing shelves, however, will be groaning from ever increasing book weight 😅 #bookhaul

Cinfhen I know! #BookOutletRules 😍 2y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders Great stack!! So many good ones in there! Enjoy! 2y
LeahBergen Oh my!! 💗💗 2y
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Mindyrecycles
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minkyb This has been on my list for too long. Must get to it. Love her writing. 2y
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Bevita
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Mehso-so

Fun to read, interesting to think about grafting trees. 4 out of 5.

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Mindyrecycles
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Excited about the GWTW audiobook and my book club pick, At the Edge of the Orchard. #Junemostanticipated #Junebookbugs

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kyraleseberg
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WanderingBookaneer
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Finished Stephen King's It... Now onto my next library loan!

Joanne1 Ticking off library loans is a good feeling. 3y
Zelma I'm doing a mini-readathon with my library stack this weekend. So satisfying! 3y
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mdm139
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#marchintoreading #pi #pie my current read is about a family with an apple orchard so I went with apple pie and apple cider tea @RealLifeReading

Joanne1 Love the synchronicity. 3y
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tbaile34
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I just finished this book and it was good, not great. I really enjoyed Girl with a Pearl Earring, so may have had too high of expectations for this book. I also started reading The Muse by Jessie Burton and can't help, but think that somehow the authors switched identities on these 2 books. 😜😂🍎🎨

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niftytiffd
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Received my homemade book sleeve in the mail today. The (Etsy) seller even threw in an adorable cloth bookmark. 😍 Love them!! @BooksTeasAndBookishThings - Thank you for posting about these!

BooksTeasAndBookishThings Looks beautiful 😍 So glad you like them 😊 3y
tpixie Cool idea!! 3y
Bookish.Heart Ohhh I need one of these 3y
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intothehallofbooks
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🍎My first Chevalier!

Loved this. Probably not what you need if you want a super uplifting read. The Goodenough family is completely dysfunctional, but MAN they make a great story.

The alternating-time story structure was a slight annoyance but I was so into the frontier life presented here. Physically and emotionally tough. The nature details were fascinating but I can see how some may be bored with these things.

👉🏻Great, great audiobook.

mrsthilkey That cover! 😍 3y
LitHousewife The audiobook is fantastic! Mark Bramhall and Hillary Huber make a great team - even if they are fighting all of the time. 😂 3y
intothehallofbooks @mrsthilkey I know! I looove this cover! ❤🍎 3y
ChasingOm I love her work, but I haven't read her in years. Guess it's time to fix that! 😄 3y
mom2bugnbee I like Chevalier a lot. Girl with the Pearl Earring is especially lovely. 3y
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intothehallofbooks
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I've made myself read + listen to books this past week when I have felt overwhelmed with the news and action here in the US. Regular short breaks have been essential for me to keep going and stay focused.
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This is my #currentlyreading audiobook: it's so good! The narrators are AMAZING. The story starts slowly and builds. I'm still early but I've heard great things! Plus I'm so in love with this cover 🍎🍏🍎

I wonder if any of you has read it?

Bookworm83 I did! I didn't like this one as much as her other books, but I'm glad to hear it's good on audio. Have you read any of her other books? My favorite is 3y
LitHousewife Mark Bramhall and Hillary Huber are such good narrators. I really enjoyed this audiobook, too. 3y
Coleen It's on TBR.... 3y
kyraleseberg Read this in December. I enjoyed the story but the ending fell flat for me. 3y
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Cydster61
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#LitsyAtoZ #2017 #LetterA and #LetterZ 24 to go. Boom!

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Cydster61
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At the Edge of the Orchard is on audio in the car. #thismonthstbr #readjanuary @RealLifeReading

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Jenshootsweddings
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More of my favourites from this year! #bestof2016 #topreadsof2016

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kyraleseberg
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Spontaneous ebook checkout from the library.

BookishMarginalia Such a pretty cover! 3y
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RanaElizabeth
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Library holds came in with two excellent Lucky Day snags. The Kaling is a December book club read.
#blackfridayislibraryfriday

Lacythebookworm The Mothers ❤️❤️👍 3y
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Jerdencon
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Quick read... flying through this one!

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SarahSDavis
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My stack for the #readathon. I'm almost done AT THE EDGE OF THE ORCHARD and halfway done ALL THE TRUTH IS OUT.

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Suzy200
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Mehso-so

Dysfunctional family living on a farm in the black swamp, tending an apple orchard, fighting and disagreeing about life. Switches to the son's story after he left the swamp and then back tracks to reveal the reason he left. Full of detail about apples, seeds & trees but heavy going as I found the characters unlikeable and the writing style unemotional. Great audio narration though, with lots of variation of voices. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Keegz63
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Mehso-so

I want to say it was terrible but I can't because it was well written. The story was superficial and the characters were not the least bit developed - except for James and Sadie, who tease us along with some complexity before abandoning us to a wishing-washy son and a good time girl who manages to nurse two babies simultaneously, crimp her hair, make biscuits, pack for a three month long boat voyage with said babies and stands by her man. UGH

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JenniferJR
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Take a bite out of this novel. It's delicious!

MrBook I like that! 😁😎👍🏻🙌🏻 3y
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Magslhalliday
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Chevalier uses the transplanting, grafting and care of trees to explore families, belonging and settling. Brilliant, sometimes brutal, and engrossing.

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Magslhalliday
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Picked this up on Saturday and looking forward to getting back to it tonight. Chevalier is one of those authors I read every book by, joining Sarah Waters in my "feminist historical fiction" corner. #www #wonderwomanwednesday #recommendsday

BookishFeminist I've never read any of her work & should fix that! 3y
Magslhalliday @BookishFeminist The Lady and the Unicorn is the one that really made me love her work but Falling Angels was set in streets I know well so may be current favourite. With Last Runaway she moved to America in 1800s. 3y
BookishFeminist @Magslhalliday Thanks!! I will check those out. :) 3y
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Magslhalliday
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Stocking up on library reservations, using my Litsy TBR to help. There must be quite a waiting list for Chevalier and Steinem.

Magslhalliday Just got the notice this is waiting collection! 3y
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Howseldomtheydo
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An early drawing showing the Discovery Tree Stump dance floor. I was going to give up on the book (too much apple talk) but I'm glad I stuck with it.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled This sounds like something I'd like - and that picture is fascinating! 3y
Bookartbookmarks I love her books. If you haven't read her others I highly recommend! 3y
Howseldomtheydo @Magoo I read Girl with a Pearl Earring and enjoyed it. I will have to check out her others. 3y
Jenshootsweddings I loved this one! 3y
Posemn Wow! What a great pic. Knowing how many trees we have lost, kind of sad now. 3y
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