Award winning and international best-selling author of The Lighthouse Keepers Wife, Karen Viggers returns to Hawkesbury Central Library on Tuesday, 30 July from 6:30pm to 8pm to discuss her latest release The Orchardist’s Daughter. Karen recently toured France where her work continues to enjoy particular success, selling almost 800,000 copies.

Set in the old-growth eucalypt forests and vast rugged mountains of southern Tasmania, The Orchardist’s Daughter is an uplifting story about friendship, resilience and finding the courage to break free.

Sixteen-year old Mikaela has grown up isolated and home-schooled on an apple orchard in south-eastern Tasmania, until an unexpected event shatters her family. Eighteen months later she and her older brother Kurt are running a small business in a timber town. Miki longs to make connections and spend more time in her beloved forest, but she is kept a virtual prisoner by Kurt. When Miki meets Leon, another outsider, things slowly begin to change. But the power to stand up for yourself must come from within. And Miki must fight to uncover the truth of her past and discover her strength and spirit.

‘The Orchardist’s Daughter’ is a strong work of fiction that could be used to start conversations about all forms of abuse – physical, emotional, psychological and financial – and how we can rethink the veil of silence that so often surrounds it. With the celebration of stories and an exploration of the refuge they can provide, it is also an engaging read for lovers of contemporary Australian fiction. Sydney Morning Herald

‘Karen Viggers sets the scene in a family dynamic filled with regret, loss and love. Poetic in its treatment, it’s a novel of parallels and, ultimately, hope.’ Australian Women’s Weekly

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The free talk will be held at Hawkesbury Central Library, 300 George Street, Windsor, on Tuesday, 30 July from 6:30pm to 8pm, followed by a book signing. Doors open at 6pm for tea and coffee

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