I am delighted to be able to give you the opportunity to win one of five copies of At The Edge Of the Orchard by Chevalier which was published by The Borough Press yesterday, 8th March 2016. You’ll find the link to enter further down the page. (Open for UK entry only.) Tracy is the author of eight historical novels including, of course, the renowned bestseller Girl With a Pearl Earring which sold more than 5 million copies and was made into a film starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth. At The Edge of the Orchard looks at the lives of James and Sadie Goodenough and their family in the harsh environment of 1838 Ohio – full book synopsis below. You can download a free sample of At The Edge of the Orchard now by clicking here and order here.
At the Edge of the Orchard – from the back of the book
What happens when you can’t run any further from your past? Ohio, 1838. James and Sadie Goodenough have settled in the Black Swamp, planting apple trees to claim the land as their own. Life is harsh in the swamp, and as fever picks off their children, husband and wife take solace in separate comforts. James patiently grows his sweet-tasting ‘eaters’ while Sadie gets drunk on applejack made fresh from ‘spitters’. Their fighting takes its toll on all of the Goodenoughs – a battle that will resonate over the years and across America.
Fifteen years later their youngest son, Robert, is drifting through Goldrush California and haunted by the broken family he fled years earlier. Memories stick to him where mud once did. When he finds steady work for a plant collector, peace seems finally to be within reach. But the past is never really past, and one day Robert is forced to confront the brutal reason he left behind everything he loved.
In this rich, powerful story, Tracy Chevalier is at her imaginative best, bringing to life the urge to wrestle with our roots, however deep and tangled they may be.
Enter the draw for your chance to win a copy of At The Edge of the Orchard
You can enter up until midnight on Friday 11th March and winners will be contacted by email within 24 hours. If you are one of the lucky winners your prize will be sent direct from the publishers. (Please note: open for UK entries only)