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The Orchard is the story of a street-smart city girl who must adapt to a new life on an apple farm after she falls in love with Adrian Curtis, the golden boy of a prominent local family whose lives and orchards seem to be cursed. Married after only three months, young Theresa finds life with Adrian on the farm far more difficult and dangerous than she expected. Rejected by her husband's family as an outsider, she slowly learns for herself about the isolated world of farming, pesticides, environmental destruction, and death, even as she falls more deeply in love with her husband, a man she at first hardly knew and the land that has been in his family for generations. She becomes a reluctant player in their attempt to keep the codling moth from destroying the orchard, but she and Adrian eventually come to know that their efforts will not only fail but will ultimately take an irreparable toll.

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"The use of heavy pesticides over decades on Midwestern farms forms the dark, moody leitmotiv of this affecting memoir set largely around a 1970s orchard by thriller writer Weir (aka Anne Frasier). As a 21-year-old from a divorced home who grew up in Miami and Albuquerque, with a talent for art but little prospects to educate herself, Weir gravitated toward the Midwest, where she worked as a waitress in her uncle's bar in Henderson County, Ill., just off the Iowa border; farmers dropped in for beer and a secret stash of porn her uncle kept in the back, their arms dusted with the herbicide they used in the fields. Smitten with young, handsome Adrian Curtis, the scion of a large apple orchard that seemed to be under a curse of bad luck, Weir soon married the serious, reticent young farmer and lived with him in a small cabin on his parents' farm, although she hadn't a clue about being a farm wife; moreover, her in-laws despised her as an outsider ('white trash') and nobody expected her to last long. Nonetheless, the marriage endured happily, two healthy children were born, and Weir improbably managed to start a career as a writer. But then both Adrian and his father were diagnosed with and died from cancer. Afraid of further contaminating themselves, Weir and her two children eventually moved out of the county. Weir, now living in Minneapolis, narrates a truly disquieting tale of familial dislocation and rupture." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Theresa Weir is a USA Today bestselling author of nineteen novels that have spanned the genres of suspense, mystery, thriller, romantic suspense, and paranormal; her work has been translated into twenty languages. Her debut title was the cult phenomenon, Amazon Lily, initially published by Pocket Books and later reissued by Bantam. Writing as Theresa Weir, she won a RITA for romantic suspense (Cool Shade) and the Daphne du Maurier Award (for Bad Karma). She has also published as Anne Frasier. Her thriller and suspense titles have hit the USA Today list (Hush, Sleep Tight, Play Dead) and have been featured in Mystery Guild, Literary Guild, and Book of the Month Club. Hush was both a RITA and Daphne du Maurier finalist. Theresa spent twenty years living on a working apple farm, and now divides her time between St. Paul, Minnesota, and a century-old Gothic church in rural Wisconsin.

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Melinda Ott, April 16, 2013 (view all comments by Melinda Ott)
I will admit that I went into the book blind. I had put it on my e-Reader a few months previously, once I knew it would be a selection for my book club. By the time I started reading it, I had forgotten what it was about or even that it was a memoir! It would be very easy to get through half the book (as I did) and not know that it is a memoir as it reads very much like a novel. Once I realized that this was a memoir and not a novel, the book took on an almost chilling quality. At the risk of putting out a spoiler, the reader knows very early on that this book will not have a happy ending.

To be honest, this book is more than a memoir. It is a love story, a family saga and an environmental cautionary tale. I was instantly drawn in by Weir's story and I felt that she did an expert job of measuring the pace of the plot to keep the reader hooked. There are a number of flashbacks in the book, which are also handled very well.

There were a few parts of the book I would have liked Weir to develop a bit more, such as Adrian's relationship with his crazy, and I do mean CRAZY, mother. I also felt that there was a large gap of time that wasn't really addressed. It could have been that not much of note happened during that time, but I do think it could have been finessed a bit more.

However, all in all, I found this a very satisfying--and heartbreaking--read. I would recommend it to anyone, but especially to those who think that memoirs "aren't for them." I promise that you that this is a not a stuffy autobiography.

And I also promise that you will think twice about eating a conventionally grown apple.
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jess reyes, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by jess reyes)
What a quick read! And it's wonderful, too. It is definitely my favorite read of 2011.

The Orchard is a memoir of living on an apple farm and the devastation that comes along with it. It uses experiences farming with chemicals and pesticides as a way to demonstrate how a farmers drive for a perfect apple can ultimately be harmful on so many levels.

But it is also a love story, one that grows for her and her husband. I could tell while reading it that it was a story that was waiting to be told, and with a book, Ms. Weir was able to re-live events in her life she either bottled up or never explored before.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780446584692
Subtitle:
A Memoir
Author:
Weir, Theresa
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Subject:
Biography - General
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The use of heavy pesticides over decades on Midwestern farms forms the dark, moody leitmotiv of this affecting memoir set largely around a 1970s orchard by thriller writer Weir (aka Anne Frasier). As a 21-year-old from a divorced home who grew up in Miami and Albuquerque, with a talent for art but little prospects to educate herself, Weir gravitated toward the Midwest, where she worked as a waitress in her uncle's bar in Henderson County, Ill., just off the Iowa border; farmers dropped in for beer and a secret stash of porn her uncle kept in the back, their arms dusted with the herbicide they used in the fields. Smitten with young, handsome Adrian Curtis, the scion of a large apple orchard that seemed to be under a curse of bad luck, Weir soon married the serious, reticent young farmer and lived with him in a small cabin on his parents' farm, although she hadn't a clue about being a farm wife; moreover, her in-laws despised her as an outsider ('white trash') and nobody expected her to last long. Nonetheless, the marriage endured happily, two healthy children were born, and Weir improbably managed to start a career as a writer. But then both Adrian and his father were diagnosed with and died from cancer. Afraid of further contaminating themselves, Weir and her two children eventually moved out of the county. Weir, now living in Minneapolis, narrates a truly disquieting tale of familial dislocation and rupture." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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