The Orchard

Thoughtful depictions of the range of religious experience and practice make The Orchard a singular addition to the world of Jewish fiction.

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Review of ‘The Orchard’

David Hopen’s ambitious debut novel combines the religiously observant world of Chaim Potok’s books with the academic hothouse of Donna Tartt’s The Secret History and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s observations of the rich and privileged.

The Orchard follows a year in the life of 17-year-old Aryeh Eden after his family moves from an insular Orthodox community…

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