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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Well-told and engrossing . . . With compelling characters and swift pacing, ¬The Last Runaway adds a worthy new chapter to a story that has consumed generations. USA Today
  • Irresistible. O, The Oprah Magazine

    “Chevalier admirably weaves historical figures and actual events into a compelling narrative.

  • Evokes entire landscapes...a master of voices. New York Times Book Review (on Falling Angels)
  • A rich, well-researched novel—it’s the story of one young woman becoming an American. NPR, All Things Considered
  • Chevalier's signature talent lies in bringing alive the ordinary day-to-dayness of the past...lovingly evoked. Elle (on Burning Bright)
  • Absorbing...[Chevalier] creates a world reminiscent of a Vermeer interior: suspended in a particular moment, it transcends its time and place. The New Yorker (on Girl With a Pearl Earring)
  • Chevalier's ringing prose is as radiantly efficient as well-tended silver. Entertainment Weekly (on Falling Angels).

  • “Chevalier is a master at foregrounding the small, dramatic stories of overlooked people from the past.”

    Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of People of the Book and March

  • “Sometimes, a book comes along that somehow ticks all the boxes. This is one of those books: the voices are rich and individual; the attention to detail impressive; the scent of apples, damp earth, and pines runs potently through the whole. A joy.”

    Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat

  • A New York Times Bestseller
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