Home to Woefield
By Susan Juby
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061995194, 320pp.)
Publication Date: March 2011
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Prudence Burns, a well-intentioned New Yorker full of back-to-the-land ideals, just inherited Woefield Farmthirty acres of scrubland, dilapidated buildings, and one half-sheared sheep. But the bank is about to foreclose, so Prudence must turn things around fast! Fortunately she'll have help from Earl, her banjo-playing foreman with a family secret; Seth, the neighbor who hasn't left the house since a high school scandal; and Sara Spratt, an eleven-year-old who's looking for a home for her prize-winning chickens.
Home to Woefield is about learning how to take on a challenge, face your fears, and find friendship in the most unlikely of places.
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 masters 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.
- What is the significance of family in Woefield? How does the definition of family evolve throughout the novel? Earl and Sara have opposite experiences with biological family over the course of the book: Sara is distanced from her family, and Earl is reunited with his brother. What are the positives and negatives of both these situations?
“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.”
-Robin Antalek, author of The Summer We Fell Apart
“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.”
-Tish Cohen, author of The Truth About Delilah Blue and Inside Out Girl
“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.”
-Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries and Insatiable
“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!”
-Susan Gregg Gilmore, author of The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove and Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen
“This heartwarming and upbeat novel marks young adult author Juby’s successful foray into the world of chick lit. Her adult fiction debut is certain to attract readers who enjoy their chick lit in the style of Marian Keyes or Meg Cabot.”
“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.”
-New York Journal of Books