At the Edge of the Orchard (Paperback)

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Simply, this novel is about Johnny Appleseed but really it’s the Goodenough family's wild gamble to establish an apple orchard in the swampy wilds of Ohio. A story where nothing is simple; where brutal conditions and toil rules all, save Robert, youngest son, who sets out west with nothing to lose and everything to gain. Stunningly good. --Marilyn

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"With impeccable research and flawless prose, Chevalier perfectly conjures the grandeur of the pristine Wild West . . . and the everyday adventurers--male and female--who were bold enough or foolish enough to be drawn to the unknown. She crafts for us an excellent experience."
--USA Today

From internationally bestselling author Tracy Chevalier, a riveting drama of a pioneer family on the American frontier

1838: 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.

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author


Tracy Chevalier is the New York Times bestselling author of seven previous novels, including Girl with a Pearl Earring, which has been translated into thirty-nine languages and made into an Oscar-nominated film. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., she lives in London with her husband and son.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143110972
ISBN-10: 0143110977
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: January 31st, 2017
Pages: 304
Language: English