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The Orchid Thief Summary
Susan Orlean

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The Orchid Thief Summary

Plot Summary

The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean is a story about the world of orchid growing and collecting, its history and the people who are involved in this form of collecting. Susan reads a newspaper clipping about a man named John Laroche and three Seminole Indians who have been accused of stealing orchids from the Fakahatchee Strand. She is intrigued when she reads the story and decides to investigate the situation further.

Susan meets John Laroche and attends his courtroom hearing with the Seminole Indians. While interacting with him, she finds one of the most eccentric, obsessive people that she has yet to come across. Of course, Laroche believes he is the smartest person he knows. Laroche introduces Susan to the world of orchid collecting. It seems that when someone begins to have an attraction to orchids, it will oftentimes become an obsession and they will have an expansive...

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