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The Orchard: A Memoir (US/Canada)

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.

Accolades

An Oprah Magazine Fall Pick 

Entertainment Weekly

Number Two on October Indie Next List

BJ’s Book Club Spotlight

LIbrarians’  Best Books of 2011

Maclean’s Top Books of 2011

On Point (NPR) Best Books of 2011

Abrams Best of 2011

Publishers Lunch (Publishers Weekly) Favorite Books of 2011

Best Nonfiction of 2011

Best Books of 2011

Top Ten of 2011

Best of 2011—Top Ten Books

Best of 2011

Eighth Annual One Book, One Community 2012, Excelsior, Minnesota

Book Snob Best Books of 2012

Bermuda Onion Best Books of 2012

Target Book Club Pick, September 2012

Books-A-Million February 2013 Nonfiction Book Club Pick

Praise

"What do those perfectly round, shiny red apples really cost? This poignant memoir of love, labor, and dangerous pesticides reveals the terrible true price."

O, The Oprah Magazine

"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."

Entertainment Weekly