Murakami Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | August 21, 2014

Richard Bausch: IMG Why Literature Can Save Us



Our title is, of course, a problem. "Why Literature Can Save Us." And of course the problem is one of definition: what those words mean. What is... Continue »
  1. $18.87 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    Before, During, After

    Richard Bausch 9780307266262

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$5.95
Used Mass Market
Usually ships in 5 to 7 business days
Add to Wishlist
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Qty Store Section
1 Remote Warehouse Literature- A to Z

The Rock Orchard

by

The Rock Orchard Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

"Some women can touch a man and heal like Jesus. The man who sees sunrise from a Belle woman's bed will swear he's been born again."

So begins Paula Wall's funny, poignant, and sexy novel, The Rock Orchard. Musette Belle could lay her hand on a baby's heart and see his life as if he'd already lived it. Even in death, she continues to shock the good citizens of Leaper's Fork, Tennessee, and her descendents are doing their best to carry on her legacy. Angela Belle, a haunting and beautiful siren, lures every man she meets into greatness, while her illegitimate and very independent daughter, Dixie, serves tea and vanilla wafers to the statue of the Confederate soldier she believes is her father. But when Charlotte Belle, a woman who would rather spend the night with Jack Daniel's than any man she knows, seduces a stranger in the cemetery, it not only transforms the two people involved but the entire town.

Blending sensuality, wisdom, and wry wit to create a truly unique love story, The Rock Orchard is about the strength of community, the might of God, and the ultimate power of extraordinary women.

Review:

"The legendary Belle family women of Leaper's Fork, Tenn., sparkle to life in this fine debut novel by the author of the popular syndicated humor column 'Off the Wall.' In 1920, tough-minded 23-year-old Charlotte Belle comes to raise her dead sister's bastard child and names her Angela. At 17, Angela, a free-spirited girl with an open heart and the same snappy independence as her aunt, captures the affections of Adam Montgomery, the new doctor in town, on the day he helps her give birth in his back garden. Adam's fiance, Lydia Jackson, is a cold-hearted Boston-bred snob who takes an instant dislike to vivacious Angela. While ably capturing the insouciant charm of the saucy Belle women and the men they bewitch, Wall loses points for giving short shrift to two major elements introduced late in the story: Adam and Lydia's blueblood Bostonian crowd, who make a too-brief appearance at a winter estate on sultry Banyan Island, and the Rev. Thomas Lyle, who appears out of left field to become the sole contender for Charlotte Belle's heart. Wall's light-as-a-feather prose and winning characters carry the novel, but more work on plot and structure would improve her next effort." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"The Belles' influence is felt throughout Leaper's Fork, and just as inviting are the townspeople in Wall's wonderfully endearing story of love, life, and change, and Wall's extraordinary and original style is the icing on one very enticing cake." Booklist

Review:

"Fast, funny, and surprisingly fresh: Wall's doings manage even to overshadow their author's dependence on one-liners...and draw the reader into her very strange and hilarious world." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

The most unlikely things grow in The Rock Orchard — prosperity, love, faith and friendship....Paula Wall's created a crystalline world so full of one-of-a-kind characters...you can't help but enjoy your visit." Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of My Sister's Keeper

Review:

"Paula Wall has written a delicious tale about quintessential Southern belles with family ties so strong you could lace a corset with them. Authentic, romantic and beautifully told, this is a story to treasure." Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of The Queen of the Big Time

Synopsis:

Blending sensuality, wisdom, and wry wit to create a truly unique love story, Paula Wall's novel is about powerful men, the power of God, and the ultimate power of extraordinary women.

About the Author

Paula Wall is the author of two collections of short pieces, My Love Is Free...But the Rest of Me Don't Come Cheap and If I Were a Man, I'd Marry Me. The latter was a semifinalist for the Thurber Prize. She currently lives outside of Nashville in a converted barn on 150 acres at the foot of the Highland Rim. Her nearest neighbor is one mile down the road, which, frankly, is a little too close for comfort. The Rock Orchard is her first novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743496209
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Wall, Paula
Author:
Wall, P. S.
Publisher:
Atria
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Women
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
Sagas
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Atria Bks Hdcvr
Publication Date:
20050201
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 14.144 oz

Other books you might like

  1. Good Grief
    Used Mass Market $1.95
  2. Blackbird House
    Used Trade Paper $4.50
  3. Baker Towers: A Novel Used Hardcover $9.95
  4. Rugrats in Paris Used Trade Paper $1.00
  5. Elizabeth Taylor's Nibbles and Me Used Hardcover $4.50
  6. Cheating Lessons Used Hardcover $4.50

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

The Rock Orchard Used Mass Market
0 stars - 0 reviews
$5.95 In Stock
Product details 256 pages Atria Books - English 9780743496209 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The legendary Belle family women of Leaper's Fork, Tenn., sparkle to life in this fine debut novel by the author of the popular syndicated humor column 'Off the Wall.' In 1920, tough-minded 23-year-old Charlotte Belle comes to raise her dead sister's bastard child and names her Angela. At 17, Angela, a free-spirited girl with an open heart and the same snappy independence as her aunt, captures the affections of Adam Montgomery, the new doctor in town, on the day he helps her give birth in his back garden. Adam's fiance, Lydia Jackson, is a cold-hearted Boston-bred snob who takes an instant dislike to vivacious Angela. While ably capturing the insouciant charm of the saucy Belle women and the men they bewitch, Wall loses points for giving short shrift to two major elements introduced late in the story: Adam and Lydia's blueblood Bostonian crowd, who make a too-brief appearance at a winter estate on sultry Banyan Island, and the Rev. Thomas Lyle, who appears out of left field to become the sole contender for Charlotte Belle's heart. Wall's light-as-a-feather prose and winning characters carry the novel, but more work on plot and structure would improve her next effort." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The Belles' influence is felt throughout Leaper's Fork, and just as inviting are the townspeople in Wall's wonderfully endearing story of love, life, and change, and Wall's extraordinary and original style is the icing on one very enticing cake."
"Review" by , "Fast, funny, and surprisingly fresh: Wall's doings manage even to overshadow their author's dependence on one-liners...and draw the reader into her very strange and hilarious world."
"Review" by , The most unlikely things grow in The Rock Orchard — prosperity, love, faith and friendship....Paula Wall's created a crystalline world so full of one-of-a-kind characters...you can't help but enjoy your visit."
"Review" by , "Paula Wall has written a delicious tale about quintessential Southern belles with family ties so strong you could lace a corset with them. Authentic, romantic and beautifully told, this is a story to treasure."
"Synopsis" by , Blending sensuality, wisdom, and wry wit to create a truly unique love story, Paula Wall's novel is about powerful men, the power of God, and the ultimate power of extraordinary women.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.