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characters At the Edge of the Orchard Tracy Chevalier ê 9 summary free download ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ê 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 reuired to stake their c. 35 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 seedsThese trees would prove a big bone of contention between husband and wife Dysfunctional family apple trees apple jack Hobbs a seed collector the redwoods seuoias the gold rush are some of the things touched on in this novelWe 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 the historical than in fleshing out the characters or so I felt Molly who appears in the second half of the novel brings a welcome and refreshing even uplifting boost to this novel Not until them last part did we get a better understanding of Robert and it was this part of the book I enjoyed the most So a mixed reaction from me loved the writing the story was interesting but I felt it was a little disconnected Definitely worth reading though As always appreciated the author s note which lets the reader know what was factual and what was fictionARC from Netgalley

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characters At the Edge of the Orchard Tracy Chevalier ê 9 summary free download ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ê Tracy Chevalier Laim 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 life1853 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. 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 seuoias 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 reuires 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 uite 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 limitAnyway 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 novels Orchard is no exception It s keen storytelling full of tension Holy tree zus I was on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen to each of these people It s an amazing journey across the American West but this ain t no Little House on the Prairie Get ready for a bumpy wagon rideThank you Viking Penguin First to Read

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characters At the Edge of the Orchard Tracy Chevalier ê 9 summary free download ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ê Tracy Chevalier Seuoia 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 lastChevalier tells a fierce beautifully crafted story in At the Edge of the Orchard her most graceful and richly imagined work yet. 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 childrenThis 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 leftThis author is meticulous in her research not only into the lives of those who lived in the swamps of Ohio during that period of time and the California Gold Rush but also the growing and nurturing of trees which I found to be very interesting This is a very good story about an unforgiving land and those who tried to endure thereThis book was given to me by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review

  • Hardcover
  • 292
  • At the Edge of the Orchard
  • Tracy Chevalier
  • English
  • 08 October 2017
  • 9780007350391