Instead of tearing the homes down, city officials are selling them for $1, as part of the "Urban Homestead Program."
This month, the paperback was released and it’s on the New York Times Paperback Best Seller list.
The book tells the story of Talmadge, a solitary fruit farmer in early twentieth century Washington state.
His life is turned upside down when he takes in two girls who tried to steal his produce.
Read a book excerpt and hear the original piece:
This interview originally aired in August 2012.