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But the fruits of her research for her latest novel, At the Edge of the Orchard , will likely stay with her for the longest, she says. The story centres on Robert Goodenough, who grows up in the 1830s in Ohio’s unforgiving Black Swamp. His settler parents struggle to make a living from their apple trees and argue furiously over whether to grow more sour “spitters” – only good for drinking – or “eaters”.

Chevalier's research included reading the history of the period, studying the paintings of Vermeer and his peers, and spending several days in Delft. [2] Pregnant at the time of researching and writing, she finished the work in eight months, because, as she admitted, she had a "biological deadline". [3]

Chevalier is known for the research she puts into her novels. She took a painting class when she was writing Girl with a Pearl Earring , and went fossil hunting for Remarkable Creatures . But she tells NPR's Melissa Block that writing At the Edge of the Orchard called for a different kind of research: "I ate a lot of apples."


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