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Home to Woefield by Susan Juby
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Apr 24, 11

Read in April, 2011

This wonderful book brings us to a farm on an island in Canada. The story is told from the interior perspective of four people. Prudence is a 25 year old New Yorker living on a modest income from her parents who dreams of being a sustainable farmer. Her drive to compost, garden, and her earth-friendly behavior leads to one of the funnier breakups I've read.

She inherits a small farm in Canada, a farm that includes Earl, the aging, taciturn, incompentent foreman. Not much farming going on there until Prudence arrives. Across the road lives Seth a 21 year old high school drop-out recluse who spends his day blogging, drinking, and listening to heavy metal. His mother kicks him out and he moves across the road to "work" in exchange for room and board. And then there is Sara, an intense 11 year old that needs a home for her prize chickens and a refuge from her parent's deteriorating marriage.

The four come together in this situation that seems so hopeless. Where Earl and Seth see rock and scrub, Prudence sees the endless (and lucrative) possibilities of sustainable grass farming. Prudence discovers that the pursuit of possiblities somehow communicates as lies and half-truths.

Each chapter invites you into the thoughts of these four characters. It leaves you amazed and full of wonder that people manage to live together, let alone that they become successful at creating home.

Fabulous, well-drawn, authentic characters. Hilarious observations of human beings... I LOVED this book.
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