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The Woefield Poultry Collective (Woefield #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,944 Ratings  ·  439 Reviews
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 20-something New Yorker full of back-to-the-land ideals, but without an iota of related skills or experience. Prudence, who inheri ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published 2011 by HarperCollins Canada
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Kat Same book. Different name for different market. The second book is "Republic of Dirt" and is also very good imo.

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Meg Cabot
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so amazing. I read it on a flight and was still reading it in baggage claim as I waited for my luggage. I couldn't put it down. Just a gentle, funny read about a girl who inherits the world's worst farm and is determined to make it work, even though you (the reader) are like, "It's never going to work, lady. Give up." I'm so glad she didn't! I found myself rooting for these crazy characters. I wish they'd make a movie or TV show of this book. If Woefield were a real place, I'd pay ...more
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, 2015
3.5 stars

A lot of charm and humor here. I don't think 4 POVs enhanced this story though. The structure could have been better. Still, one of the best chick lit book I've read. Thankfully low on romance too.
I was intrigued by the idea and plot of this book. I thought it showed promise and had wonderful charact6er development. Unfortunately, it took a premature turn for the worse and the storyline “jumped the shark”. Instead of an interesting fun read I found this book to be convoluted, contrived and completely nonsensical. I wish I could have liked it more, I really don't like to write unfavorable reviews but I just couldn't get into this novel...I'm hoping it was just me.
Sara Strand
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What this book fails to mention is that it is HILARIOUS. I laughed out loud so many times. The book alternates between different character's point of views and I felt that the author captured each of their personalities absolutely perfectly. It's a real skill to change how you write so it sounds like four completely different people. It almost feels like four different people were in charge of writing chapters and then have it all come together- the author is really that good. Here are a few exc ...more
Deborah Gray
Jun 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is so rare to laugh out loud at a book, however much I enjoy it, but I laughed all through this and then read bits of it to my husband, who doesn’t read at all and is usually not a receptive audience, but who was actually encouraging me to keep reading this to him.

Home to Woefield is smart, funny, quirky and completely charming. Each point of view was written with a definite character difference to it - the idealistic Prudence, social misfit Seth, reclusive Earl with a secret, and the adorab
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm somewhat shocked The Woefield Poultry Collective hasn't been more widely read and reviewed. It's a perfect "summer" read and what with the early spring and all, why not? It immediately brought to mind the very popular The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society in their common effective use of shifting first person points of view, their "rural" humour (Is that a genre?) but most of all their amazing charm. Susan Juby is able to skip beyond being "clever" to making me laugh--at the absu ...more
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lib-bk, humorous
Full review @ Smoke & Mirrors: The only reason this is not getting 5 stars is the fact that it literally took about 75-100 pages for me to become comfortable reading this book. I believe it is definitely my being uncomfortable with totally dysfunctional characters...those who eschew being respectful with themselves and others. I think if I had read this before reading Carbuncle's Smashed, Squashed, Splattered, Chewed, Chunked and Spewed, I could prob ...more
Mar 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone, Anyone who wants to be entertained
Shelves: netgalley
I received this book as an electronic galley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Previously, I had not been introduced to this author as she focuses on young adult novels, but I am so glad I had the opportunity to read this book.

Woefield Poultry Collective was so entertaining and the characters were quirky, funny and likable. The book centers around a twenty-four year old girl (Prudence) from Brooklyn who inherits her uncle's farm in Canada and dreams of developing a sustainable
Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I actually laughed out loud while reading this book. Susan Juby has a way of writing that makes you feel like you are right there with the characters, watching what is going on. One of my favorite scenes is the one where Seth comes upon Earl the foreman, who is trying to turn Bertie the sheep on her back so they can trim her hooves. Earl has her turned halfway over and is holding one of her rear legs, and Bertie is kicking him in the chest with the other leg. Each kick produces an "oof" from Ear ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
May 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
[Note: This book was published in the US under the title Home to Woefield.]

I have just finished reading this book; I read it between yesterday afternoon and this morning and it was just what I needed: fun, funny, endearing, and didn't require a great deal of concentration. (I am such a flake with my reading these days - somehow, being pregnant makes you lazy mentally - or rather you're just too tired to focus on the page.) I'm letting this book jump the reviewing queue (have finally caught up wi
Luanne Ollivier
Mar 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 g
May 05, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Prudence, Prudence, Prudence. The main character, Prudence leaves her life in Brooklyn when she finds out that she has inherited her dead uncles farm. She has always been inclined to attempt to live a sustainable lifestyle (rooftop gardening in the city and worm composting) and when she finds out she alone now has a farm, she quickly moves in and all of her grand ideals begin to grow.

Not only has she inherited a farm, but some of the people and animals that have been left there. She now has an e
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't even know how to begin describing how much I adored this book.

Prudence Burns, a failed writer living in Brooklyn (her young adult novel was poorly received because it was filled with earnest young people talking about global warming) inherits a ramshackle farm in Canada from an uncle she's never met. Arriving there, she meets Earl, the hired man; Seth, a 21-year-old unemployed heavy metal blogger living across the road; and Sara, an 11-year-old poultry aficionado. Each character in turn
Wall-to-wall books - wendy
I have nothing negative to say about this book. I absolutely loved it. It was hilarious. I was giggling all through the book. There is lots of swearing - but only from certain characters! That's what I loved about this book, talk about great character development! The whole book is mainly based around 4 people and they all take turns, every chapter in from a different point of view. Each one of these misfits is so different from the next and so unlikely to succeed together, your really find your ...more
Apr 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 un
Sherwood Smith
I think the best way to describe this book is to call it a 'feel good' book. The basic premise is that a bunch of losers end up in or around a bankrupt, dilapidated farm. Juby alternates between several characters' POVs in a bravura variety of styles varying from an old curmudgeonly banjo player to an 11 year old girl.

The plot relies on some determinedly positive turns and unexplained motivations, but the voices and the incidents are so engaging it doesn't really matter. It kind of reminds me o
Jun 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 perspect
This is a hilarious book about a naive but passionately idealistic 24 year old city girl who inherits a broken down farm. And its' old curmudgeon of a farm hand. And a hard-rocking, blogging, agoraphobic boarder. And a precocious junior chicken farmer. And a traumatized sheep. And a teensy little lie told to a banker. Mix all these things together, add in a sexy vet and a bluegrass festival and you've got one lovely romp of a book that could very well cause spontaneous giggles and sudden guffaws ...more
Chanticleer Editorial  Book Reviews
You might, at first glance, be doubtful about a story about poultry but don’t hesitate: This story is about way more than chickens. It will have you laughing out loud and wincing at the same time. Will the impetuous Prudence from Brooklyn, with her inheritance of worn-out Woefield Farm on Vancouver Island along with its looming foreclosure papers and its attached oddballs, ever succeed at fulfilling her dream of selling her own organic produce at the farmers’ market?

Before long, you will soon fi
3.5 stars rounded up

Prudence has just been dumped over her sustainable growing and lifestyle while living in Brooklyn, NY. As she ponders how she is going to earn money above and beyond her monthly payment from a trust set up by her parents, she receives a letter telling her she has inherited a farm on Vancouver Island. Full of visions of having her own organic, sustainable farm, she sets off. Seth is a 21 year old recluse who has been holed up in his room writing blogs since the ripe old age of
Jan 13, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I actually have no idea what this book is going to be like or about, but one of my college roommates designed the cover and even did the lettering by I figure I better check it out. :)

Update: okay, MAYBE I give it 2.5 stars. The story is actually kind of charming, but it narrates from the perspective of 4 different characters and 2 of them like to swear...a lot. Which, I'm no major prude, but reading 10 F-words over 3 pages of narration gets to be a little grating. It also kind of neve
Wonderfully hilarious characters! I really enjoyed this book, and can't wait to see what Ms. Juby writes next. My favorite characters are Earl, a crusty, old man that speaks his mind...cusses alot too! And Seth, who at times, can be annoying, and does use strong lsnguage, but so funny. He's a slightly "skewed" young man, into heavy-metal music, and does alot of complaining. Sara, the youngest, is a force to be reckoned with, but lovable too.
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: canadian, animals, humour
An escape into a world that is fair, hard work is rewarded, and everyone is well-meaning (if not a little rough around the edges.)
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Mar 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In The Woefield Poultry Collective, Prudence Burns is a city girl who inherits Woefield farm, which consists of thirty acres of rock-strewn land, many buildings in disrepair, one old slightly-useless handyman and one pathetic sheep. She knows nothing about farming, but since the bank is about to foreclose, she has to learn how to make a fast buck. She soon meets Seth, the alcoholic young man who needs a place to stay and Sara who needs a place to house her chickens. With Prudence at the helm, th ...more
Mar 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like to read books I know nothing about because then I have no expectations. Some I simply have to put down after the first 50 pages others keep my attention until the end. This is one of those.

Basic premise is that Prudence, an unsuccessful writer and an eternal optimist, decides to try her hand at farming since her uncle kicked the bucket and she inherited the farm. She arrives at Woefield which completely encompasses its name and begins scrubbing and enlisting help from whoever crosses her
Dec 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prudence, a young Brooklyn foodie whose adventures in composting have driven away her boyfriend, finds herself the heiress to her uncle's farm, the aptly named Woefield. Since Prudence has always dreamed of being the woman behind the produce stand at the farmer's market, the legacy is nothing less than a dream come true. Prudence promptly relocates to Woefield to begin her new, back-to-the-soil life - but some dreams are more pleasant than others. Woefield hasn't actually produced anything in de ...more
Chanticleer Editorial  Book Reviews
You might, at first glance, be doubtful about a story about poultry but don’t hesitate: This story is about way more than chickens. It will have you laughing out loud and wincing at the same time. Will the impetuous Prudence from Brooklyn, with her inheritance of worn-out Woefield Farm on Vancouver Island along with its looming foreclosure papers and its attached oddballs, ever succeed at fulfilling her dream of selling her own organic produce at the farmers’ market?

Before long, you will soon fi
Shari Ann Herrmann
An easy read, fairly entertaining with some genuinely funny bits but it never reaches its full potential. Part of this was due to the story being narrated in the first person by several characters, relating the same incidents from a number of points of view. Rather than making the story richer, it produces a rather repetitive, frustrating story line as the reader pieces together what happened from snatches of overlapping observation. Three of the four narrators are incredibly self centred and de ...more
Apr 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, humor
This book is told from the point of view of multiple characters, ala Jodi Picoult: Prudence, Seth, Earl, and Sara. Prudence, the main character, is a shiny happy person in a crowd of woe-is-me-ers. She has a fairly consistent positive outlook that rubs off on the others despite the best efforts (of some of them) to remain miserable. Separate, they are alone, lonely, but together they are alive, thriving. This whole is clearly more than the sum of its parts. Prudence inherits a farm from a relati ...more
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I was raised in Smithers, BC, Canada and lived there until I moved to Toronto at age 20. I had a brief and unsuccessful career as a fashion design student and, after I worked at a series of low paying jobs, such as server, record store employee, etc., I began a degree in English Literature at University of Toronto, which I finished at the University of British Columbia. After gra
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