At the Edge of the Orchard

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At the Edge of the Orchard

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Their fighting takes its toll on all of the Goodenoughs – a battle that will resonate over the years and across America. The solace that California's sunny, still, observant nature offers Robert, alongside its imperviousness to his suffering, is a paradox that is caught well though his inner commune with trees. Chevalier has created a patchwork of stories in which some pieces stand out more than others; together they form a picture of lives wrested from an unforgiving land, but with a promise of renewal.

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. John and Sadie transfer from Connecticut; John's hope is that he can support his family with his apple orchard. There are so many things that happen throughout the course of the story that are tragic or sad or just plain awful. My commitment to reading all Tracy Chevalier's novels has brought to my attention a number of trends and patterns in her writing.

We follow him as he makes his way across America in the mid 1800's, and eventually to California where he becomes a gold miner and finally a tree man like his father. As always appreciated the author's note which lets the reader know what was factual and what was fiction. A detail from the blanket 'Alpine Cattle Drive' from 1926 by artist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner is displayed at the 'Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum for Contemporary Arts' in Berlin.

Little Martha remains in the Black Swamp, and we get a window into her life through her own letters sent over the years in the hope of reaching Robert, whilst she herself painstakingly salts away every dime she can earn to fund her own journey west. Chevalier ( The Last Runaway, 2013) excels at creating a highly accessible read that takes a surprisingly dark look at the brutal conditions of frontier life.

It was fun to go to the internet and read about the people (John Chapman aka Johnny Appleseed, for one) and the places in this book. 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. Fans of her previous books such as The Girl with the Pearl Earring (one of my favourite books) should also enjoy this one. Started writing short stories in my 20s, then began first novel, The Virgin Blue, during the MA year.

Chevalier does not hurry her revelations; the novel is almost halfway through before the buried secrets are even hinted at: “Robert had tried to lead an honest life, even when surrounded by dishonest people, but no matter how cleanly he lived now, he had made one mistake that he could never escape.Swamp Fever is rife and it is heartbreaking to hear James describe how he digs some graves before the undergrowth becomes too dense, for the children that he know will not make it through the season.

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