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Fiction Book Club: At the Edge of the Orchard (4/6/17)

Please join us for a discussion of Tracy Chevalier's At the Edge of the Orchard. Book club is open to the public; new members always welcome. 

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. 

Event date: 
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
Battenkill Books
15 East Main St.
Cambridge, NY 12816
At the Edge of the Orchard Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143110972
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - January 31st, 2017

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Event | by Dr. Radut