Who Wouldn’t Want to Join a Poultry Collective?

I tend to gravitate toward serious books, with the exception of Christopher Moore & Gregory Maguire; however, when presented with the title The Woefield Poultry Collective, I couldn’t resist giving it a whirl. Written from four different perspectives, author Susan Juby presents a sweet, funny tale of good intentions that generally go awry. As trite as it may be to label a book “heartwarming” I really don’t know that there’s another word that fits so aptly.

We being our story with Prudence, a young woman living in NYC who cares passionately about food and the relationship she has with it. She does her best to be eco-friendly, to recycle, to buy groceries from the organic market. Circumstances arise in which she is given the opportunity to take over a recently-passed relative’s farm in British Columbia and she jumps at the chance, filled with romantic notions of growing beautiful produce to sell at the farmer’s market.  Once there, reality comes crashing in but with some help, sheer determination and some creative solutions, Prudence soldiers on toward success.

Juby does an excellent job of keeping Prudence relatable as a character such as this could easily slip into the realm of total obnoxiousness. Her relentless perkiness is offset by other characters: an alcoholic blog writer, the crotchety old farmhand and a young girl with a passion for chickens. Each character is well developed and, importantly, realistic. Oh, and funny. Really, really funny. I’m fairly certain that you could easily meet any of these people in real life; you may even know them already. As the story progressed, I felt like I was in the story with all these slightly nutty, thoroughly charming characters and when I came to the end, I was sad that I wouldn’t be reading about further adventures.

If you’re looking for a light, easy read that will make you smile, definitely check out The Woefield Poulty Collective.  Why wouldn’t you want to read a book that includes the line, “If the whole world was full of stern little kids in chicken hats who carry clipboards and people buying parts for their model helicopters, there might be a reason to live?”

Want to read a little more? Check it out here!


~ by foodNURD on March 11, 2011.

2 Responses to “Who Wouldn’t Want to Join a Poultry Collective?”

  1. […] Poultry Collective, Part Deux So, not only did I get to review a neat book that I quite enjoyed, I was fortunate enough to be able to do a short Q&A with the author, Susan Juby. I should […]

  2. Very nice review! I really enjoyed this book too.

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