The Orchard by Theresa Weir
A Memoir

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An unforgettable story of struggle, resilience, and love in
the American heartland, this book will forever change the way you think about
farmers and family...

 

At twenty-one, Theresa Weir falls in love with Adrian
Curtis, the pride of a prominent local family whose lives and orchard are said
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 about the isolated
world of farming even as she falls more deeply in love with her husband, a man
she at first hardly knew.

 

In an outcome that reflects the haunting realities of the
landmark book SILENT SPRING, the increasingly dangerous chemicals used on farms
begins to take a tool on the land and the people who tend it. The couple's
fragile love will be tested as Theresa and Adrian fight to defend ground that
has been the family for generations.



REVIEWS"A hypnotic tale of place, people, and of Midwestern family roots that run deep, stubbornly hidden, and equally menacing-THE ORCHARD is sublime and enchanting, like a reflecting pool, touch the surface and watch the ripples carry you away."

--Jamie Ford, NYT bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

The Orchard is a lovely book in all the ways that really matter, one of those rare and wonderful memoirs in which people you've never met become your friends. I read it in a single sitting, lost in the story, and by the time I put it down, I was amazed by Weir's ability to evoke such genuine emotion. Read it: you'll be glad you did. (Nicholas Sparks )

"...Searing...the past is artfully juxtaposed with the present in this finely wrought work. Its haunting passages will linger long after the last page is turned." (The Boston Globe (Pick of the Week) )

"This memoir is viscera encapsulated, of young, passionate love and shattering tragedy around the corner, of a horrible childhood redeemed by motherhood and literary output in secret, of not fitting in until you make everything fit you." (Publishers Lunch (one of the Favorite Books of 2011) )

"Extraordinarily moving memoir...Weir proffers a worldview that is at once eloquent, sincere, and searing." (Library Journal (one of the Librarians' Best Books of 2011) )

"Weir knows how to move a story along, and her memoir is a page turner..." (The Cleveland Plain Dealer )

"Equal parts moving love story and environmental warning." (Entertainment Weekly (B+) )

"Few books have made the case for shopping organic as eloquently...Her story is a thought-provoking argument against the pesticides used to grow food, but more than that, it's the story of the growth of an unlikely union. 'Love doesn't happen overnight,' Weir writes, and when she concludes the story of her marriage, she leaves readers marveling at the complexities of love." (Wisconsin State Journal )

"A finely wrought story...[Weir's] journey, at times lonely and sad, is ultimately triumphant. Readers will be glad Weir found a home for this brave book..." (BookPage
 )"Eerie and atmospheric, this is an indie movie in print. You'll read and read to see where it is going, although it's clear early on that the future is not going to be kind to anyone involved. Weir's story is more proof that only love can break your heart." (Library Journal)


 

About Theresa Weir

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Theresa Weir (Anne Frasier) is a USA Today bestselling author. Her novels have spanned the genres of suspense, mystery, thriller, romantic suspense, and paranormal, and have been printed in both hardcover and paperback and translated into twenty languages. Writing as Theresa Weir she won a RITA for romantic suspense (Cool Shade), and a year later the Daphne du Maurier for paranormal romance (Bad Karma). In her more recent Anne Frasier career, her thriller and suspense titles hit the USA Today list (Hush, Sleep Tight, Play Dead) and were featured in Mystery Guild, Literary Guild, and Book of the Month Club. HUSH was both a RITA and Daphne du Maurier finalist Her books have featured cover quotes from Lisa Gardner, Jane Ann Krentz, Linda Howard, Kay Hooper, and J.A. Konrath
 
Published September 21, 2011 by Grand Central Publishing. 238 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Threaded with abandonments and “[v]ery bad things that I will never talk about,” the jagged pastiche reveals a woman whose impetuous decision to marry a man she barely knew led to love, children and the tough realization that generations of pesticide-spraying would destroy her newly reconciled pe...

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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;

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Examiner

On Adrian’s prestigious family farm and apple orchard, pesticides are the norm, where apple trees are particularly susceptible to apple maggots, codling moths and weevils, but can also attract more well-known pests such as ants, aphids, beetles, grasshoppers and slugs.

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Star Tribune

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Weir's memoir is both riveting and disturbing as she tells the story of her unlikely marriage to an apple farmer.

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Book Reporter

Worse still, the bugs, spores and bacteria from these neglected trees are the bane of big growers like Weir’s business-centered family in THE ORCHARD, who must battle the unwelcome guests with ever-increasing dosages of powerful retardant sprays.

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Entertainment Weekly

Before she began turning out best-sellers under the pen name Anne Frasier, Theresa Weir was an apple farmer's wife in Illinois, and her memoir about those years is equal parts moving love story and environmental warning.

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USA Today

The apple crop dies.The memoir jumps between Weir's solitary years in the orchard and her childhood which was nothing but a vagabond existence, traveling across America with a needy mother who seemed to have a man in every city, or at least she followed these men to many cities, often to the horr...

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Macleans

As local tongues wagged, they tucked away in the tiny hired man’s house on the Curtis family farm and scratched out a life together.

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Library Journal

It’s how we’ve always done things) while Weir, unconventional and a nonconformist, lacks history (My entire life had been about moving, leaving) and family ties (My mother didn’t think of me as her daughter, but rather a person who’d had a hand in ruining her life).

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The Roanoke Times

Younger generations begin to look beyond the limits of farms settled by pioneer ancestors, and insects aren’t the only ones who build up resistance over time.

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Kepler's

He seems different for a farmer – sensitive, artistic, a soul alive in a dull place – sharply different from his parents’ rigid tradition as farmers.

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News Review.

The Orchard opens with a folktale about a pesticide salesman who convinces his daughter to drink the poison in exchange for a trip to Disneyland, but the story of Weir’s life is told in four main sections: “The Courtship,” “The Marriage,” “The Family,” and “The Orchard.” Weir was living with...

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