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The Orchard

The Orchard

by Adele Crockett Robertson
Introduction by Betsy Robertson Cramer
Afterword by Jane Brox

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Nonpareil Books

ISBN: 978-1-56792-726-9
Pages: 280
Size: 5.25" x 7.5"
Published: September 2023
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A stirring memoir of a young, single woman's laborious struggle to save her family’s New England apple farm from going under during the Great Depression.

The Orchard is an exquisitely beautiful and poignant memoir of a young woman’s single-handed struggle to save her New England farm in the depths of the Great Depression. Discovered by the author’s daughter after the author’s death, it tells the story of Adele “Kitty” Robertson, young and energetic, but unprepared by her Radcliffe education for the rigors of apple farming in those bitter years of the early 1930s. Alone at the end of a country road, with only a Great Dane for company, plagued by debts, broken machinery, and killing frosts, Kitty revives the old orchard after years of neglect. Every day is a struggle, but every day she is also rewarded by the beauty of the world and the unexpected kindness of neighbors and hired workers.

Animated by quiet courage and simple goodness, The Orchard is a deeply moving celebration of decency and beauty in the midst of grim prospects and crushing poverty.

In addition to a foreword and epilogue by Betsy Robertson Cramer, the author's daughter, this edition includes a new afterword by award-winning author Jane Brox.

Author: Adele Crockett Robertson
Adele Crockett Robertson was born in 1901 at her family’s farm in Ipswich, Massachusetts. After the orchard years, she was a writer with the WPA and worked in a shipyard and in a factory. At age fifty she became a journalist and won several New England Press Awards. A beloved local figure, Ms. Robertson served as Ipswich selectwoman, and her commentary on current events and politics was widely read. The Ipswich Town Hall flew its flag at half-mast on the day she died in 1979.

Author: Betsy Robertson Cramer

Betsy Robertson Cramer is the daughter of Adele Crockett Robertson. She lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Author: Jane Brox

Jane Brox is the author of five books. In the Merrimack Valley: A Farm Trilogy is a reissue of her first three books about her family’s farm: Here and Nowhere Else, Five Thousand Days Like This One, and Clearing Land: Legacies of the American Farm. She lives in Brunswick, Maine.