Instaread Summary of At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier
Two out of five stars
I found this summary to be meandering and unconvincing. Much of this is due to the book itself, it opens with the Goodenough family trying to eke out an existence in the Black Swamp area of Ohio. James and Sadie (the parents) are struggling to survive, the area is not conducive to farming or health. James is an expert on raising apples while Sadie is very good at raising a glass of alcoholic applejack. They have reached the point in their marriage where their relationship is as toxic as the damp, mosquito-infested air. It moves across country when the son Robert, the only one with James’ interest in trees, travels to California where he is stunned by the immense size of the Sequoia trees.
There is a wide range of characters in the book, I would argue that there should have been fewer with more development of the main ones. Once I completed this summary, I had no interest in reading the book and have a hard time recommending the summary, for I got lost in the meandering several times and had to go back and reread sections in order to better understand what was in the current one.
This book was made available for free for review purposes.