In the Orchard: A novel (Vintage Contemporaries) (Paperback)

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A lovely, lyrical meditation on modern motherhood, loss, and grief, In the Orchard is also a tense narrative of how fragile we creatures are, how vulnerable to the forces of both the world we live in and our very bodies.  Minot captures the divine bonds and the mundane demands of motherhood with equal accuracy and force, depicting its totality in the most extraordinary, honest, and unvarnished way. The little sister of Susan Minot and the stepsister of Lily King, Eliza Minot is a name you need to know and a writer you need to read.

— Becky


A novel about womanhood, modern family, and the interior landscape of maternal life, as seen through the life of a young wife and mother on a single day.

At night, Maisie Moore dreams that her life is perfect: the looming mortgages and credit card debt have magically vanished, and she can raise her four children, including newborn Esme, on an undulating current of maternal bliss, by turns oceanic and overwhelming, but awash in awe and wonder. Then she jolts awake and, after checking that her husband and baby are asleep beside her, remembers the real-world money problems to be resolved amid the long days of grocery shopping, gymnastics practices, and soccer games. From this moment, Eliza Minot draws readers into the psyche of the perceptive and warmhearted Maisie, who yearns to understand the world around her and overflows with fierce love for her growing family. 

Unfolding over the course of a single day in which Maisie and her husband take their children to pick apples, In the Orchard is luminous, masterfully crafted, revelatory—a shining exploration of motherhood, childhood, and love.

About the Author

ELIZA MINOT was born in Beverly, Massachusetts. She lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, with her family.

Praise For…

"Compassionate and lyrical . . . [In the Orchard] is wonderfully attuned to the body and its sensations . . . Minot’s focus on Maisie’s interiority reads as its own bold choice. Here is a mother’s rich and nuanced inner life, here is an author granting recognition denied by society." The New York Times

“Rapturous . . . Minot’s text is variously descriptive, perceptive, heartfelt and fanciful.”Kirkus Reviews

“Deeply personal and moving, this is an intimate look inside modern life and motherhood . . . Written from Maisie’s point of view, this is a deep dive into the mind of a mother, with a stream-of-consciousness fluidity and randomness that make for interesting and beautiful reading.” Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9780307477422
ISBN-10: 0307477428
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: July 9th, 2024
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: Vintage Contemporaries

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