Set in the ’50s in rugged-but-beautiful Wisconsin, Watson’s sixth book is as technically flawless and quietly unnerving as its inspiration: Andrew Wyeth’s famed Helga paintings. When Sonja, a Norwegian housewife whose young son has recently died, begins posing for renowned artist (and notorious womanizer) Ned Weaver, the intensity of their enigmatic relationship – and their spouses’ suspicions about it – slowly wrench both families apart. Sonja’s and Ned’s frustrations unfold in exquisitely crafted flashbacks punctured by brief, searing glimpses of the day that Sonja’s husband finally confronts the painter and his muse. Ned’s pompous rants on the Importance of His Art are Watson’s only tonal missteps in an emotional and physical landscape composed in melancholy autumnal ochers and chilly winter grays.
Orchard Set in the '50s in rugged-but-beautiful Wisconsin, Watson's sixth book is as technically flawless and quietly unnerving as its inspiration: Andrew...OrchardFictionLarry Watson Set in the '50s in rugged-but-beautiful Wisconsin, Watson's sixth book is as technically flawless and quietly unnerving as its inspiration: Andrew...2003-08-15Random House
Genre: Fiction; Author: Larry Watson; Publisher: Random House
Posted August 15 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT
- Prince announces three-day Labor Day party ahead of album release
- ABC Family's 13 Nights of Halloween: Who's joining Harry Potter and Batman?
- Christian Slater weighs in on 'Mr. Robot' twist and season finale
- 'Mr. Robot' finale postmortem: Creator Sam Esmail answers burning questions
- 'iZombie' season 2 trailer teases what (or who) is on the menu for Liv Moore
- Casting Net: Mad Men star Jessica Pare cast in Lovesick
- 'Can't Buy Me Love' star Amanda Peterson's cause of death was an overdose
- All the VMAs 2015 performances graded
- VMAs 2015 Red Carpet: See All the Looks!
- 16 TV characters who stuck around longer than expected
- Behind Lady Gaga's killer look in 'American Horror Story: Hotel'
- 'American Horror Story: Hotel' First Look: 11 EW exclusive photos
- The A List Ladies, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anna & Jane and More!