26 May 2011

Book Banter -- The Orchard

Title: The Orchard
Author: Theresa Weir
Genre: Memoir
Length: 227 pages (ARC)
Where Bethany's Copy Came From: Advanced Reader Copy from Theresa Weir (Sept. 2011 pub. date)
Plot Basics: In the heart of the Midwest, young Theresa meets Adrian Curtis, the heir to a prominent apple orchard-owning family. After a whirlwind romance, they are married and Theresa quickly learns how uneasy farming life. Considered an outsider by Adrian's family and haunted by her own past and failed family, she struggles to compete with farming for her young husband's love. As more and more chemicals are used to combat pests that would threaten to destroy the fragile orchard, Theresa and Adrian must make devastating choices about their family and their farm if they are keep their marriage in tact.

Banter Points: The Orchard is soberingly beautiful and an astounding feat of writing. Weir has written chilling thrillers under her Anne Frasier nom de plume, but none are as page-turning as her own story. While normally an orchard is thought of as peaceful and beautiful, Weir casts the trees and their common fruit into a villainous role, the force that could save or destroy her young family. The writing is finely tuned, not wasting any words to propel the reader through these years of her life.

Bummer Points: The book doesn't hit store shelves until September. It's a bummer for the rest of you that you'll have to wait till then to read this book.

Word Nerd Recommendation: Even if you don't read memoirs, you need to read this book. It will definitely place high on my top 10 books I read in 2011 list, a sure contender for the top spot.

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