Woefield Poultry Collective [Paperback] by Susan Juby

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It’s tough not to call The Woefield Poultry Collective “heartwarming” (even though that’s another word that puts me right off). It’s that rare book that makes you feel good after reading it, without it ever being “good for you.” So, yes — it’s heartwarming. And yes, it’s quirky
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Woefield Farm is a sprawling thirty acres of scrub land, complete with dilapidated buildings and one half-sheared, lonely sheep named Bertie. It’s “run”—in the loosest possible sense of the word—by Prudence Burns, an energetic, well-intentioned twenty-something New Yorker full of back-to-the-land ideals, but without an iota of related skills or experience. Prudence, who inherited the farm from her uncle, soon discovers that the bank is about to foreclose on Woefield Farm, which means that she has to turn things around, fast. But fear not! She’ll be assisted by Earl, a spry seventy-something, banjo-playing foreman with a distrust of newfangled ideas and a substantial family secret; Seth, the alcoholic, celebrity-blogging boy-next-door who hasn’t left the house since a scandal with his high school drama teacher; and Sara Spratt, a highly organized eleven-year-old looking for a home for her prize-winning chickens, including one particularly randy fellow soon to be christened Alec Baldwin.

Full of off-beat charm and characters you won’t soon forget, The Woefield Poultry Collective is a heartwarming novel about learning how to take on a challenge, facing your fears and finding friendship in the most unlikely of places.

 

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Published January 1, 2011 by Harper Collins Canada.
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Sandra Kasturi on Mar 11 2011

It’s tough not to call The Woefield Poultry Collective “heartwarming” (even though that’s another word that puts me right off). It’s that rare book that makes you feel good after reading it, without it ever being “good for you.” So, yes — it’s heartwarming. And yes, it’s quirky

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