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Author Reading & Signing: Tracy Chevalier

Join us for a reading and signing with bestselling author Tracy Chevalier, as she discusses her new riveting drama of a pioneer family on the American frontier,


This event will also feature a conversation with a very special guest

--Audrey Niffenegger--

one of the contributors to Tracy's forthcoming anthology

Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre


1838: James and Sadie Goodenough have settled where their wagon got stuck in the muddy, stagnant swamps of northwest Ohio. They and their five children work relentlessly to tame their patch of land, buying saplings from a local tree man known as John Appleseed so they can cultivate the fifty apple trees required to stake their claim on the property. But the orchard they plant sows the seeds of a long battle. James loves the apples, reminders of an easier life back in Connecticut; while Sadie prefers the applejack they make, an alcoholic refuge from brutal frontier life.

1853: Their youngest child Robert is wandering through Gold Rush California. Restless and haunted by the broken family he left behind, he has made his way alone across the country. In the redwood and giant sequoia groves he finds some solace, collecting seeds for a naturalist who sells plants from the new world to the gardeners of England. But you can run only so far, even in America, and when Robert's past makes an unexpected appearance he must decide whether to strike out again or stake his own claim to a home at last.


Tracy Chevalier is the New York Times bestselling author of the novel Girl with a Pearl Earring, which has been translated into thirty-nine languages and made into an Oscar-nominated film, as well as several other novels. Born and raised in Washington, DC, she lives in London with her husband and son.


This ticketed event will be held at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St. One ticket to the event is included with the pre-order or purchase of either of Chevalier’s two forthcoming books, At the Edge of the Orchard or Reader, I Married Him from Women & Children First. With the purchase of either of these books, you can add a ticket for a guest for just $10. If you are purchasing your guest's ticket online, please write COMPANION TICKET in the comments box. For books and tickets, call 773-769-9299, visit the bookstore, or purchase the book through our website via the links below.  You are welcome to pick up your books and tickets at the bookstore once the book publishes on 03/15/16.


Event date: 
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
The Swedish American Museum
5211 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
At the Edge of the Orchard: A Novel By Tracy Chevalier Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525953005
Published: Viking - March 15th, 2016