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The bestselling author of Montana 1948, Larry Watson, spins an unforgettable story of obsession and betrayal, set against the stark backdrop of rural Wisconsin. Like so many women who crossed the lonely Atlantic before her, Sonja Skordahl is told that she will have a new life in America. Yet once she comes to this country, she soon finds herself defined, like so many other midtwentieth-century women, by her roles as mother and wife. She marries Henry House, a third-generation orchardist, in picturesque Door County, Wisconsin, and together they set about the business of raising their two children. But tragedy soon interrupts that placid life, and out of a desperate concern for her family, Sonja agrees to pose for Ned Weaver, an internationally acclaimed artist. Under Weaver's gaze, Sonja gains a new identity. Her beauty has always made her an object of desire, but now she becomes a muse as well. When both Ned Weaver and Henry House insist on possessing her, their jealousies threatening to erupt into violence, Sonja must find a way to placate both men without sacrificing her hard-won sense of self. Obsession and possession, art and responsibility, the varieties of love and beauty--Watson weaves his provocative themes in prose both lyrical and rugged. Orchard has the drama of a classical tragedy and the texture and subtlety of an Impressionist painting.

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Sonja Skordahl, a Scandinavian immigrant, finds herself torn between two very different men--Henry House, her orchardist husband and father of her two children, and Ned Weaver, an internationally famous artist who uses her as a model--who seek to possess her, in a novel set against the backdrop of rural Wisconsin. By the author of Montana 1948. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.

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From the bestselling author of Montana 1948 comes the explosive story of an artist, his muse, and the staggering price they pay for their chance at immortality.

Sonja Skordahl, a Norwegian immigrant, came to America looking for a new life. Instead, she settled in Door County, Wisconsin, and married Henry House—only to find herself defined by her roles as wife and mother. Destiny lands Sonja in the studio of Ned Weaver, an internationally acclaimed painter. There she becomes more than his model and more than a mere object of desire; she becomes the most inspiring muse Ned has ever known, much to the chagrin of the artist’s wife. When both Ned and Henry insist on possessing Sonja, their jealousies threaten to erupt into violence—as she struggles to appease both men without sacrificing her hard-won sense of self.

About the Author

Larry Watson is the author of In a Dark Time, Montana 1948, Justice, White Crosses, and Laura. He has won the Milkweed Fiction Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, the Mountain and Plains Booksellers Association Regional Award, and many other literary prizes. Watson and his wife, Susan, live in Plover, Wisconsin.

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ISBN:
9780307431561
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Author:
Watson, Larry
Author:
Larry Watson
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Audio Books-Literature
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20040608
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
256

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Orchard: A Novel
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Product details 256 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780307431561 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Sonja Skordahl, a Scandinavian immigrant, finds herself torn between two very different men--Henry House, her orchardist husband and father of her two children, and Ned Weaver, an internationally famous artist who uses her as a model--who seek to possess her, in a novel set against the backdrop of rural Wisconsin. By the author of Montana 1948. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , From the bestselling author of Montana 1948 comes the explosive story of an artist, his muse, and the staggering price they pay for their chance at immortality.

Sonja Skordahl, a Norwegian immigrant, came to America looking for a new life. Instead, she settled in Door County, Wisconsin, and married Henry House—only to find herself defined by her roles as wife and mother. Destiny lands Sonja in the studio of Ned Weaver, an internationally acclaimed painter. There she becomes more than his model and more than a mere object of desire; she becomes the most inspiring muse Ned has ever known, much to the chagrin of the artist’s wife. When both Ned and Henry insist on possessing Sonja, their jealousies threaten to erupt into violence—as she struggles to appease both men without sacrificing her hard-won sense of self.

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