Courage and compassion can redeem damaged souls and transform lives.
In The Orchardist, Amanda Coplin demonstrates this truth in a superb novel, set in the Pacific Northwest in the early 20th century, about a reclusive, middle-aged fruit grower, whose insular and regimented life is disrupted by the inexplicable arrival of two pregnant girls in their early teens. The girls have been exploited and abused, and their story, along with the orchardist’s, provides the framework for this beautifully written book. Despite following the characters through two decades of hardship and tragedy, we arrive at the end feeling awed by the intricacies of the human spirit, and hopeful about the power of compassion. Coplin evokes a powerful sense of place through her depictions of nature in all its magnificence, and wonder at the persistence of our essential goodness in the face of human frailty and darker impulses. I strongly recommend that you read or listen to The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin, as it sure to inspire and uplift.