In this exquisitely written story set in the Pacific Northwest as the 20th century begins, William Talmadge lives alone in a small cabin in the midst of his orchards of apples and apricots. He tends his fruit trees as he has for many decades, relying on intuition. He is used to his solitude, although he still yearningly remembers the sister who once was his companion before she mysteriously vanished into the forest. Talmadge enjoys the company of two good friends: a Native American man named Clee, who he's known since boyhood, and Caroline Middey, an herbalist.
"THE ORCHARDIST is an engrossing page-turner ---