Long before fracking ever came to Minden, Pennsylvania, the fissures in the Pierson family were developing into major fault lines.
Green Energy arrives, offering the rural community of Minden the dream of making more money from their land by leasing natural gas rights for drilling. But orchardist, Jack Pierson, fears his brother, Wade, who now works for Green Energy, has returned to town after a twenty-year absence so desperate to be the hero that he’ll blind their hometown to the potential dangers. Jack also worries his brother will try to rekindle his relationship with LeeAnn, Jack’s wife, who’s recently left him. To protect his hometown and to fulfill a promise to himself, Jack seeks out his mother and environmental lawyer, Stella Brantley, who abandoned Minden—and Jack and Wade—many, many years ago.
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The Promise of Pierson Orchard is my kind of book. Brandes' characters are complex and well defined. Each chapter built in such a way that I couldn't put the book down. I was completely caught up in the plot which included masterfully communicated research on fracking in Pennsylvania, orchard farming, law, and family issues. This book is a complete package, and I highly recommend it.
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A family drama, environmental lawsuit and a small town combine to make this quite the book to read! Two brothers have been separated and will be reunited when one returns to town in hopes to get the neighbors to sell their land to the energy company he is working for in return for great dividends if oil is found on their land. The brother who stayed in town is hesitant and sees the possible issues in this endeavor and must decide between brother loyalty or town loyalty. Throw in a girl and a non existent mother and this was quite the drama.
I loved this book! You discover each character in alternating points of view along with the splintered divide of their family, and town, torn apart. You will quickly take up your own stance on the players in this family, a family filled with secrets, shame, and regret. Broken, they bash up against each other - some yearning to re-connect, some wishing for those they love to change, and some desperate to keep the bonds broken. Adding to this complex family drama is the backdrop of a small town in financial distress, whose residents are faced with the decision to partner with Green Energy, a corporation eager to drill for gas and forever change the landscape of the land these small town people know and love. When disastrous events come to bear, environmentally and personally, a storm may be the only thing that brings them all together. This is a powerful story with echoes of the mastery of Nancy Pickard's The Virgin of Small Plains. I couldn't put it down yet at times could hardly keep reading as I feared for the characters I'd come to love and hope for. A highly recommended debut!
A beautifully written book. I tore right through The Promise of Pierson Orchard, flipping pages late into the night. The story was fast-paced from beginning to end. It is a family drama with heart and meaning. A multi-generational family finds themselves conflicted as they debate the best future for their land and orchard when Green Energy offers to lease property in their town, promising financial relief, but also bringing the risks of drilling for natural gas: destruction of the land they love. I consider myself a friend of the environment, so the story appealed to me. At the same time, I appreciated that the story was not a one-sided, predictable description of the damage done by drilling. Instead, it was a balanced telling of both sides of the story. It was thought-provoking and well done. My favorite aspect of the book was the family tension. Sibling relationships and rivalries make for very strong storytelling. Add in a love triangle, and you’ve got me hooked! Jack was my favorite character. I love strong, brooding leading men. I related to his suffering and felt his abandonment (by both his wife and his mother, at different times in his life). I don’t know if finding solace through violence is an exclusively American concept, but when Jack fought, I felt like I understood why he was doing it. This book was a very smart, enjoyable read! I’ll remember this story a long time.