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Orchard House by Tara Austen Weaver
Mar 31, 2015 | ISBN 9780345548085

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“This touching memoir chronicles how the act of transforming a garden together—of ‘planting hope’—helps a mother and daughter reconnect and revive the sense of groundedness that had been lost within their relationship and themselves. . . . [Orchard House] deftly [captures] the love, laughter, trials and tears that make motherhood the joy and job it truly is.”American Way
“Honest and moving . . . [the story of] one woman’s initiation into intensive gardening with her mother, which changed a neglected space into something beautiful and bountiful and shifted their relationship as well.”Kirkus Reviews
“Fascinating, tender, often heartbreaking . . . The perfect gift for a mother or a daughter with an appreciation for the transformative power of gardening.”HGTV Gardens
“A wise exploration of family roots . . . Nurturing a garden is a lovely metaphor for healing a family. . . . [Orchard House] could serve as a handbook for both.”Shelf Awareness
“With buoyant grace and empathic insights, [Tara Austen] Weaver offers an ardent tribute to both the science of perseverance and the art of letting go.”Booklist

“This is a glorious book—lyrical, honest, compassionate, and wise. It reminds us that gardens and families are messy businesses, but from them we can harvest hope and food and moments of grace.”—Erica Bauermeister, author of The School of Essential Ingredients
“Filled with sensuous descriptions, this beguiling story enchants. Gardeners and non-gardeners alike will delight in this lyrical tale of how a garden grows a family.”—Diana Abu-Jaber, author ofThe Language of Baklava and Birds of Paradise

Orchard House is a glorious and deeply moving story of one family’s redemption quite literally from the ground up, and of how the very act of working an overgrown, wild garden—with invasive vines and painful thorns that threatened to smother and tear—resulted in the fruits of peace and healing. If Anne Lamott and Wendell Berry ever had a literary love child, Tara Austen Weaver might well be her.”—Elissa Altman, author of Poor Man’s Feast
Orchard House is an honest portrayal of the thorny process of mending a broken family; like coaxing a neglected garden into full fruit, the process is painful yet offers moments of sweet redemption. Weaver’s prose—especially when talking food—sings.”—Novella Carpenter, author of Farm City

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