The Family Orchard

The Family Orchard

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In the bestselling tradition of The Red Tent, The Family Orchard is a spellbinding novel of one unforgettable family, the orchard they've tended for generations, and a love story that transcends the ages.

Nomi Eve's lavishly imagined account begins in Palestine in 1837, with the tale of the irrepressible family matriach, Esther, who was lured by the smell of baking bread into an affair with the local baker. Esther passes on her passionate nature to her son, Eliezer, whose love for the forbidden Golda threatened to tear the family apart. And to her granddaughter, Avra the thief, a tiny wisp of a girl who thumbed her nose at her elders by swiping precious stones from the local bazaar-and grew to marry a man she met at the scene of a crime. At once epic and intimate, The Family Orchard is a rich historical tapestry of passion and tradition from a storyteller of beguiling power.
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2000
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780375724572
Branch Call Number: FICTION Eve
Description: x, 316 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Jun 14, 2016

This saga spans 5 generations, as the family moves from various European countries to Palestine/Israel, based, more or less, on the author's family. The style ranges from the realistic to the romantic to the magical realistic. There are several 1st person narrators, and a 3rd person narration. All this can get a bit confusing. Yet the story is very involving, beautifully written, humorous, sorrowful. Many of the characters, given here 10-12 pgs, are worthy of an entire novel. At least it had a genealogical chart to help keep track of who the people were and when they lived. I gulped it in two days.

jossung Feb 06, 2012

The more I read, the faster I started skimming though this. Nomi Eve is a young writer with a lot of talent and potential, but it felt too romantic at times at the expense of the story.


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