6 pm reception, 6:30 program
From internationally bestselling author Tracy Chevalier comes a riveting drama of a pioneer family on the American Frontier, AT THE EDGE OF THE ORCHARD, RELEASED IN PAPERBACK.
Ms. Chevalier will be available for book sales and signing after the talk. Copies of AT THE EDGE OF THE ORCHARD and other Chevalier titles will be available for sale courtesy Joseph-Beth Booksellers.
Free and Open to the Public: reservations required. Call 513-621-0717 OR email firstname.lastname@example.org
The New York Times bestselling novel, AT THE EDGE OF THE ORCHARD is an emotional saga of two generations on the American frontier, from the author of the modern classic Girl With A Pearl Earring.
“A master at foregrounding the small, dramatic stories of overlooked people from the past” [Geraldine Brooks], Chevalier sets forth her first truly American saga, “a densely packed tale of fruit, roots, family and hardship” [Financial Times] in her characteristic luminous prose.
Settling where their wagon gets stuck—in the muddy swamps of 1838 Ohio—the Goodenough family battles the land in hopes of cultivating the required fifty trees to stake a claim to their property. But the orchard they plant sows the bitter seeds of a long battle between husband and wife, James and Sadie Goodenough, which escalates and reverberates through their five children—forcing their youngest, Robert, to make an agonizing choice that haunts him as he runs away, moving west through a fledgling America. Seventeen years later, Robert is collecting seeds for a naturalist among the redwoods and sequoias of Gold Rush-era California when his past makes an unexpected appearance. Robert discovers that you can only run so far, even in America, and he must decide whether to strike out again or stake his own claim to a home at last.
Tracy Chevalier tells a fierce, beautifully crafted story in AT THE EDGE OF THE ORCHARD, her most graceful and richly imagined work yet.
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.