The Woefield Poultry Collective by Susan Juby

I had so much fun reading this book.  I spotted it at the Oliver Paipoonge Library, the cover caught my eye. It looks like a Farmer’s Almanac.  Thunder Bay Public Library doesn’t carry it, but they’d be happy to borrow it for you from another library.

Prudence Burns is a 20-something New Yorker who inherits her uncle’s farm on Vancouver Island.  It comes complete with Earl, a 70- something farmhand with a secret. Prudence has aspirations of selling produce at the local farmers market.  She quickly find out that she’s taken on her uncle’s debts. So after Seth moves in, she tells the bank she’s opening a treatment center.  Seth who is slightly younger than her  and lived across the road until his mom kicked him out. He’s a drinker and a blogger who seldom left his home.

Soon, Prudence is asked to house a collection of chickens belonging to a young girl who lives nearby.  A chicken coop must be built and this starts with a funny trip to Home Depot. The chickens are characters themselves, especially the amorous rooster Alex Baldwin.  Oh – there’s also a half sheared sheep, Bertie living on the farm. Her uncle thought it would be a shock to Bertie to shave him all at once.

Anyway…. I found this a really fun, light book to read.  It was the perfect thing for a summer day in the life of a retiree.


Karen Craib

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