The Orchardist is a 2012 book and Coplin's debut novel and was released through HarperCollins on August 21, 2012. The work deals with an orchardist that takes in two pregnant teenage sisters that are fleeing an abusive pimp that enslaved them in his brothel.
Critical reception for The Orchardist has been positive and the work received praise from NPR, the Denver Post, and The Washington Post. The work went on to win the 2013 American Book Award and Washington State Book Award for Fiction.
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