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10 thoughts on “At the Edge of the Orchard

  1. says:

    The novel starts out with alternating chapters of a husband and wife , having settled in Black Swamp, Ohio traveling west from Connecticut when they could go no further through the mud These are not just alternating points of view but so opposing it had me wondering why they married in the first place James wanted to grow apples for eating and Sadie wanted to grow spitters for the applejack This is a vindictive, embittered husband and wife and I was heartbroken for their children.I know the times were hard in the 1830 s in Black Swamp, Ohio but such a dysfunctional family I almost gave up on them It was just so hard to like these people The drinking and beatings and fights over the trees , the dark miserable life they led The only light I saw was in one of their children, Robert.It was a relief to get to the part focusing on Robert who leaves home and goes west It was here that I saw glimpses of some lovely writing as Robert forges his way west , carrying with him the burden of his past a...


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    Sometimes, a book comes along that somehow ticks all the boxes This is one of those books it s minutely researched, surefooted, touching and at times, heartbreakingly beautiful, and yet it manages to remain deceptively simple throughout, navigating the potentially difficult waters of the multiple narrative, multiple timeline style as easily as a clipper ship on a sunny summer s day The voices are rich and individual the attention to detail impressive and the scent ...


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    3.5 Black Swamp, Ohio is as far as the James and Sadie Goodenough with their children manage to travel Here they settle, here Johnny Appleseed finds them and sells James apple trees and apple seeds.These trees would prove a big bone of contention between husband and wife Dysfunctional family, apple trees, apple jack, Hobbs a seed collector, the redwoods, sequoias, the gold rush, are some of the things touched on in this novel.We start with the family and their efforts to settle in this swamp, and then we travel with young Robert, the eldest son as he travels westward, working different jobs until he meets Hobbs and find employment with him collecting seeds and comes We don t know why he left his family and won t until the third part of the book A very depressing story in the beginning, historically interesting for the second part, but much time spent on apples and seeds More time spent on t...


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    You know when you read an amazing book where the landscape becomes one of the characters You know the moors in Return of the Native, or the highlands and the house in Wuthering Heights In At the Edge of the Orchard, you have trees Apple trees, and redwoods, and giant sequoias The trees and landscape are also metaphors that reflect the lives of the characters The Black Swamp, where everyone is stuck and it s hard to grow Some apples are sweet and worth saving, others become bruised and secondary And grafting trees Grafting trees had always seemed a miracle to James Grafting requires knowledge and skill and patience and nurturing Done right and with care, you create a hybrid tree Two parts coming together to make something new and wonderful But James and Sadie, two very different people, never quite grafted and ended up with a sadly dysfunctional relationship They did have a bunch of kids, though, and got two good ones out of the ten Robert and Martha And then there are the giant trees of the west people looking for new lives where the sky is the limit.Anyway That s how I see it I am a big fan of Tracy Chevalier and I m always taken up and swept away by the beautiful writing in her impeccably researched historical fiction ...


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    I like Tracy Chevaliers writing and was keen to read this story which starts in Ohio in 1838 The aptly named place called Black Swamp, where James and Sadie Goodenough, live is a harsh landscape James is committed to growing apple trees Golden Pippins brought over from England initially are his favourites His wife resents her husband and the life they are living She spends much of her time drunk on applejack and trying to sabotage his efforts at growing good eating apples and developing their land Sadie is a thoroughly despicable character and James is not much better The way they treat each other and their family is appalling So why did I keep reading Because it is so well written The setting and characters are vividly portrayed, even if they are not likable and left me horrified at times This harsh lifestyle and warring of husband and wife takes its toll on the family in horrific ways.No wonder Robert, their youngest son flees The next part of the story tells of his life travelling America, picking up various jobs just to exist and being part of the California Gold Rush for a time Finally though he finds something that interest him and it concerns trees He forges a life for himself but the past comes back to haunt him Despite his dysfunctional family, Robert is a likeable character, who draws some larger than life people around him Even though ...


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    My primary complaints with this novel are the characters were flat and stereotypical and the story dragged for the first two thirds of the novel None of the characters were highly likable or engaging They did not seem ...


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    Just having the word Orchard in the title is probably enough to get my attention but an apple orchard plus Tracy Chevalier plus a good audio rendition with a short waiting list, and I m 100% committed I liked this book a lot, except that it ended too soon IMO There s the Goodenough family in Black Swamp, Ohio, and what an awful name for a town Of course, awful things happen there A couple with 5 living children and 5 dead, whose marriage is as sour as the apples they raise James and Sadie can t agree on which type of tree to raise, where to grow them, or even if they should continue to grow them Sadie is just mean as they come and it s a wonder any of her children turn out all right.But at least we know that Robert turned out better than goodenough after leaving home following an especially bad fight between his parents We follow him as he makes his way acr...


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    This is an intense story of a married couple, Sadie and James Goodenough, and their children who settled in the swamps of Ohio in 1838 James has a love of apples and struggles with the muddy swampland to grow an apple orchard He buys his seeds and saplings from none other than Johnny Appleseed James loves the sweet apples but his wife Sadie loves the sour apples, called spitters, as those she can use to make applejack, which helps her escape the trials of the swamp The biggest trial they face is swamp fever, which constantly threatens the lives of them and their children.This is a dark book about a terribly troubled marriage As their anger and disillusionment escalate, the book veers off from the swamp to follow the Goodenough s youngest son, Robert, as he breaks away from the family to head west to California s gold rush Due to the love of apples that Robert learned at his father s side, he eventually becomes a tree agent, collecting seeds and saplings to be sent to England His story is told in part through his letters back home, to which he receives no response although his beloved sister Martha has also been diligently sending off letters The author does revisit Ohio to tell of the tragedy that sent Robert away from home and what Martha endured after Robert left.This author is meticulous in her research, not only into the lives of those who lived in the swamps of Ohio during th...


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    I am a huge fan of Tracy Chevalier and have read all of her previous novels, I ve been very excited about this one since I heard about it late last year.What fascinates me most about Tracy Chevalier and her writing is the fact that in every one of her books I ve been introduced to a subject, or a place that I knew nothing about before Whether is is Mary Anning, discovering fossils on the beach in the early 1800s Remarkable Creatures, 2010 , or Griet the young Dutch girl who became the model for the artist Vermeer Girl With A Pearl Earring, 2001 , this author s writing always captivates me She totally immerses her readers into the time and the places of her stories, and she has done it once again in At The Edge of the Orchard.The Goodenough family have moved to the Black Swamp, with the hope that they can establish an orchard of apples If they can nuture enough trees to satisfy the authorities, then they can claim the land, and James Goodenough s legacy will remain.The Black Swamp is a harsh and brutal place to raise a family for any couple, but for the ill matched James and Sadie is is proving almost impossible Tracy Chevalier s description of life in this alternately frozen, or boiling hot environment pulls no punches Swamp Fever is rife and it is heartbreaking to hear James describe h...


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    It was better than expected It features a women who had no business to be a mother to ten children Highly dysfunctional family trying to settle in black swamps of Ohio Couple who managed to kill each other And a boy who decides to to marry a hooker just because she told him she was pregnant with his child knowing he doesn t love her and never will No happy endings here, just hard life, raw emotions, and guilt And it is third book in my r...


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At the Edge of the Orchard download At the Edge of the Orchard, read online At the Edge of the Orchard, kindle ebook At the Edge of the Orchard, At the Edge of the Orchard bd287b48daf0 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 Robert S 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.