Home to Woefield: A Novel

Home to Woefield: A Novel

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by Susan Juby
     
 

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“I laughed out loud more times reading this book than any book I’ve read in years….I never wanted to leave Woefield, and you won’t, either.”
—Meg Cabot, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Princess Diaries and Insatiable

 

Susan Juby, already a reader-favorite YA author, makes

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“I laughed out loud more times reading this book than any book I’ve read in years….I never wanted to leave Woefield, and you won’t, either.”
—Meg Cabot, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Princess Diaries and Insatiable

 

Susan Juby, already a reader-favorite YA author, makes her triumphant first foray into adult contemporary fiction with Home to Woefield, a hilarious, wildly original, and wonderfully insightful tale of no-so-ordinary life down on the farm. Told in four delightfully distinct narrative voices—a crusty 70-something farmer, a hair band-loving teen, a precocious 11-year old, and an earnest New Yorker in her 20s—Home to Woefield will enchant readers of all ages, as its motley cast struggles to avoid foreclosure with outlandish schemes and prize-winning chickens.

Editorial Reviews

Robin Antalek
“You will cheer for Susan Juby’s delightful cast of characters... As funny as it is heartbreaking, and in voices as original as the story itself, you won’t soon forget the inhabitants of Woefield Farm.”
Tish Cohen
“Disarming, endearing, and laugh-out-loud funny, Home to Woefield is a wry look at a handful of misfits brought together by farmland only slightly more fertile than the moon. A bewitching debut as quirky and charming as they come.”
Meg Cabot
“Susan Juby is a marvel. Wise, witty, and full of heart, her writing draws you in and won’t let go. And just when you think it can’t get any better, it does. I never wanted to leave Woefield, and you won’t, either.”
Susan Gregg Gilmore
“Juby takes us on a downright riotous and warm-hearted ride... Home to Woefield is a fun, fabulous read no matter what the growing season!”
New York Journal of Books
“A wonderful juxtaposition of parody and playfulness, Home to Woefield is a joyous book about someone living out a fantasy, confronting illusions, and attempting to make a dream come true.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062074607
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/08/2011
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HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
276,838
File size:
762 KB

Meet the Author

SUSAN JUBY is the author of the critically acclaimed Getting the Girl and Another Kind of Cowboy, as well as the bestselling Alice series (Alice, I Think; Miss Smithers; Alice MacLeod, Realist at Last) and her latest novel for adults, The Woefield Poultry Collective. After dropping out of fashion college and attaining a BA from the University of British Columbia, Susan went to work in the book industry. She holds a master’s degree in publishing. She currently lives on Vancouver Island with her husband, James, and their dog, who prefers to remain anonymous. Visit her online at susanjuby.com.

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Home to Woefield 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this laugh out loud book. I was looking for a book for our book club when I came across this one. It was a great change from some of our heaver reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Susan Juby is an amazing writer. The characters in this novel are so expertly crafted. When reading this book you will feel like you are on the farm with them. This book is a laugh out loud kind of book, that is easy and fun to read. It's a great summer read!
need-to-read More than 1 year ago
Wasn't quite finished when I told others to please go get this book. Nearing the end, it didn't matter how it wrapped up, the story was such an enjoyable read. I can't remember reading anything where I laughed out loud and had tears in my eyes, to the point of impairing my reading. a very witty author. ~
BookReviewsByMolly More than 1 year ago
I ALMOST passed this book up. At first, I just said no to it because it didn't sound like one that I would enjoy. Then, it was on that I'd have to squeeze into my already bogged down schedule. Then, I said to myself "what's one more book in my already gazillion piles of books"? So, I took this book, with it's chicken on the cover, and gave it a shot. Susan Judy's plot line, characters and style instantly had me hooked. There were times I couldn't see straight because I read this book in one day and couldn't put it down. The story line is different than some of I've been reading lately. Prudence is a New York author, who, not by choice, inherited a run down farm. So, she leaves the world she's known to start her life as a farmer. Little does she know that she's getting a foreman, a neighbor who's a blogger (go Seth!) but hasn't left his house since high school, and an 11 year old little girl who had award winning chickens. That need a home. On Prudence's new farm. That has an absolutely hilarious sounding, not to mention depressed, sheep. Between four narratives, Juby makes her lovable, laughable characters come to life as the reader settles into Woefield. While I loved all these characters, I absolutely fell in love with that poor, depressed sheep. That sheep was funny enough itself, but add in 4 mismatched souls, sheep sheering, chickens and hilarious misadventures along the way, and you'll find yourself wishing you were among the folks at home in Woefield in real life. So, I am, of course, super glad that I gave into this novel. It keeps the reader turning the pages and laughing out loud the entire time. This 5 star novel is one I'll recommend to all who like to laugh til they cry. Susan Juby has a new fan in me and I hope that more mismatched characters, poultry and depressed sheep are in the future of Ms. Juby's works!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read this more than once. I love it. I couldn't wait for the second book ( The Republic of Dirt) to be published in the USA. I ordered a copy from Canada. It was well worth it. I highly recommend them both.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. You need to give it a try!
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MaBrownWI More than 1 year ago
A good read about a young, politically correct, inveterate optimist and do-gooder who inherits and moves to a neglected farm, aptly named “Woefield”. The book is replete with over-the-top situations and humor, with a strong underpinning of more serious issues. While I didn’t laugh out loud throughout as most reviewers claim to have done, I did enjoy it. Another book that would be, I think, a good movie!
Jean0119Song More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book. I loved it. The characters are so endearing. I did not want to leave Woefield, after I had finished reading the book. I laughed so much at times, felt sadness at times, and cheered at times. I sincerely hope that Susan Juby writes a sequel to this book - we need to know more of this wonderful group of characters, of Woefield, and the community in which Woefield is in. Thank you so much, Susan Juby.
nfmgirl More than 1 year ago
I was torn with this story. Part of me thought it was a cute story with amusing characters, and a storyline full of questions on ethics and morals. But then occasionally the story would get a little ridiculous. Sort of "over-the-top". You know, like slapstick humor can be. So I continually found myself frustrated and distracted by some of the preposterous setups. But the characters had some endearing features that kept me reading. Filled with relatively likable characters, I found that I probably liked the vet Dr. Eustace the most, but the irascible farmhand Earl was a character that I got a kick out of as well. An ornery loner, there is a warmth to him hidden underneath it all. If you are interested in organic produce, a sustainable lifestyle, conscious consumerism, and an individual's ability to have a global impact on the world, then this story is for you. Overall an enjoyable story, despite it getting too silly and preposterous at times. A story of a woman empowering herself and not taking "no" for an answer-- not taking it from people nor from life. Grit, humor and human fallibility underlies the entire storyline.
McGuffyAnn More than 1 year ago
When Prudence Burns inherits Woefield Farm she is full of hopes and dreams. She really has no idea what she is in for. What she finds is a farm that is aptly named. Next she finds people who definitely fit right in. This is a colorful and quirky cast of characters, to be sure. The story is told by these characters, each from their unique viewpoint. Prudence is a woman who brings her ideals with her to Woefield Farm. She wants to be an honest to goodness, back-to-basics farmer. She has great plans for herself and the farm. Seth is a troubled young man whom Prudence hires as a handyman. A high school drop-out, he fancies himself to be a writer. What he is really, is a rebellious kid who lacks self discipline. Earl is the real down-to-earth guy. The strong silent type, he knows his stuff and gets things done. Then there is little eleven year old Sarah, a girl on a mission. She has chickens that need housing. Prudence agrees to keep them on Woefield Farm. But not only do the chickens find a place there, so does Sarah. In fact, this zany group all come together on an entertaining journey, all finding a place, a home of sorts at Woefield Farm. This is a very pleasurable and satisfying read.
OurBookAddiction More than 1 year ago
I adored this book from beginning to end. The characters in this novel are most certainly characters. Prudence, Seth (who makes me laugh out loud), Earl, and young Sara seemingly have nothing in common with each other. Their personalities are so opposite yet they all manage to come together and become friends. Sometimes life gives us what we need at the most random of times and Prudence inheriting this falling down farm was what they all needed. I loved how each chapter was told from the perspective of one of the four. It kept the book fresh and allowed me to get inside of the head of the characters. I haven't laughed this hard while reading a book in a long time and I was so sad to say good-bye. I wouldn't change a thing. Brilliant!
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Twink More than 1 year ago
Normally, I would begin by telling you a bit about the plot and what I though would follow....But - I cannot wait 'til the end of the post to tell you how much I ADORED this book. Susan Juby is a Canadian author who has previously written award winning young adult novels, but Home to Woefield is her first book written specifically for adults. Prudence Burns is a young, idealistic New Yorker, determined to do the right thing for the earth - she makes her own bread (even hand milling the ancient grains) recycles everything, shares a car service, buys from local co-ops and even has a worm composter. "I don't know about you, but for me there came that moment during every visit to the farmers' market when I wanted more. I wanted to be the one standing behind the folding table, a truck of organic produce at my back, displaying my heirloom tomatoes and baby potatoes. I want to be the one handing over glossy sheaves of swiss chard at a reasonable price and talking knowledgeably about my mushroom patch. The one looking cold and somewhat chapped about the face and hands, yet more alive than anyone else in unfashionable rubber boots and dirty pants." Her enthusiasm has not rubbed off on her live in boyfriend Leo. In fact, those worms were the final straw. When she gets a call telling her that she has inherited a farm from her only remaining relative, Great Uncle Harold (whom she's never met) she packs up and moves to Vancouver Island, Canada. She'll be able to make those dreams come true! Dreams and reality collide when she arrives. Farm is an enthusiastic term for what she finds, and apparently she has inherited a 'negative asset' according to the bank. But our Prue is eternally optimistic... "The property was spectacular. So rugged and untouched. All that wonderful grass. The beauty of stray stones in a field." "A farm is nothing but limitless potential, waiting to be uncovered." She has also inherited Earl, a sometime handyman who has lived on the property for 35 years. Her planned strawberry social memorial to Uncle Harold introduces her to a few more of the neighbours. Seth from across the way ends up asking if she has a room to rent. His mother wants him out of the house as he's been in hiding since that incident with the drama club, writing celebrity gossip and heavy metal blogs from the confines of his basement bedroom. And he might have a wee bit of a drinking problem. Prudence takes him in in exchange for chore duty. And during that strawberry social she also meets Sara's mother, who asks if she would mind building a coop and housing her daughter's chickens - they just can't keep them in their residential neighbourhood any longer. They'll pay of course - so the answer is yes. And these are the residents of Woefield Farm. The story is told in chapters from the viewpoint of each of the characters. All four of them leap off the page - each voice is funny, unique and sometimes heartbreaking. Eleven year old Sara especially grabbed me. There are lots of problems at home and she spends more and more time at the farm, trying to live her life according the the guidelines and principles of the Junior Poultry Club - Getting Started, Take Action and Leaders Are Even Tempered. Prudence is unfailingly optimistic. Her view is sunny when there isn't a ray in sight. Really, she's the kind of person you would love to know and have as a friend. And someone you just can't help cheering for. Jub
Sue_G More than 1 year ago
Home to Woefield is a very funny novel about Prudence, who inherits a run down farm and sets about realizing her dream to be an organic farmer. She lives for the day when she can be a 'regular' at a farmer's market. Her farm, however, requires a lot of elbow grease and money. With the help of some oddball characters: Seth, a young drunk who writes a heavy metal blog, Earle, a loner who lives on the farm, and Sarah, a young girl from town who raises show chickens, Prudence has her hands full. I really enjoyed this novel, told in turn by the four main characters. It was laugh out loud funny and hard to put down.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Having lived her entire life in Brooklyn, twenty-four year old Prudence is euphoric to inherit a farm in Canada from a relative she never met as working the land has been her dream.. Celebrity blogger alcoholic Seth lives at home as a recluse with his mom embarrassed by an incident involving the drama teacher at the school he attended. Septuagenarian Earl lives on Woefield farm whose owner just died; he is stunned that a no brains and all mouth inherited the spread. Prudence decides to host a strawberry social. She asks Earl the grump who should come; he ignores her question. Seth's mom tosses him out and suggests he asks the newcomer if he can stay with her. Shocked he does and even more shocking she says okay. Prudence worries about the farm's debt. At the social, guests are excited that she is a published author though it is only one panned novel; they ask for paid lessons. Sally Spratt asks if her daughter Sara's prized chickens can stay on the farm for a fee as the little girl is a member of the Jr. Poultry Fancier's Club. The bank will not float a loan until Prudence mentions converting to a treatment center with Seth as her first patient; the loan officer agrees of her niece can attend. When Prudence learns Earl's younger brother Merle is a famous bluegrass player she concocts a plan to rescue the farm and several lost souls including her own. The key ensemble cast, especially the four prime players, is all developed while the rotation of viewpoint gels nicely together; filled with wry humor, readers see similar incidents through different eyes. Although there is a morality issue as no one is punished for misbehavior, fans will enjoy Brooklyn bringing to rural Canada compassionate chutzpah. Harriet Klausner