Republic Of Dirt by Susan JubyRepublic Of Dirt by Susan Juby

Republic Of Dirt

bySusan Juby

Paperback | February 10, 2015

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Prudence Burns is an overly idealistic Brooklyn girl who has inherited a derelict plot of land named Woefield Farm. Her motley crew of farm hands consists of Earl, an elderly, reclusive bluegrass legend; Seth, an agoraphobic heavy-metal blogger in early recovery from alcoholism; and Sara, an 11-year-old girl with a flock of elite show poultry.

When Prudence is felled by a thyroid condition, things on the farm begin to fall apart, resulting in valiant and sometimes ill-advised attempts to restore domestic bliss. Efforts are complicated by a renegade mule, attempts to turn a hideously ugly child’s playhouse into a high-yield roadside farm stand, and an electrical station’s worth of crossed wires. Will Prudence get well? Will Seth finally get rid of his pesky virginity? Will Earl rescue Sara? And will anyone, ever, admit they might be wrong?

Told in four highly distinct, unforgettably hilarious, and sometimes heartbreaking voices, Republic of Dirt is about what happens when passions collide with pride and what it takes to save each other, our small part of the planet, and ourselves.

SUSAN JUBYis the author of the critically acclaimed novelsGetting the GirlandAnother Kind of Cowboy, as well as the bestselling Alice series (Alice, I Think; Miss Smithers; andAlice MacLeod, Realist at Last), and her most recent book for adults,The Woefield Poultry Collective. After dropping out of fashion college and attaining a BA fr...
Title:Republic Of DirtFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.04 inPublished:February 10, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1443423955

ISBN - 13:9781443423953


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quirky fun read with great characters I really enjoyed the character development and unique storytelling quality of this book, sharing the funny events of the farm from so many viewpoints. Also being written about my home town area was an added bonus of interest as I could really set the scene. I picked this up on a whim while on vacation and couldn't put it down, even the plot twists were dealt with in a light hearted and head shaking funny kind of way so it makes for an enjoyable read.
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another funny one! Seriously, I want this book series to never stop, it was hilariously enjoyable and overall I was never more pleased with a book purchase in my life
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Republic EVER "Republic of Dirt" is Susan Juby's sequel to "The Woefield Poulty Collective" (US Title - "Home To Woefield") which chronicles the further adventures of the residents of Woefield Farm. The narrative is told in first person by the four protagonists - Prudence, the New Yorker who inherited the farm and is unyielding in her beliefs about local, organic, sustainability; Seth, an online blogger who is dealing with his new sobriety; Earl, the long lost brother of the Godfather of bluegrass who has retired from the band to work the farm; and Sara an 11-yr-old poultry enthusiast who is practical and efficient but also the emotional core that unites the others but is dealing with her parents' divorce and her displacement in her family. The novel spans four months, September to December of their adventures or misadventures, involving killer hot sauce, a misanthropic mule, a meddling social worker, and a dramatic drama teacher among other obstacles. I was delighted to return to Woefield and its inhabitants and finished the novel thinking I should not only reread it but also the first installment. I laughed outloud regularly and stayed up into the wee hours Valentine's Day because I wouldn't have rested worrying about Sara. Often the humor came from the narrators' reluctant realization of their own flaws, such as Prudence's valuing above all else her independence.... and also team work. While I adore "The Woefield Poultry Collective", I feel in terms of style and voice that Susan Juby had her characters so well-defined from the very first sentence of the novel and the voices only grew in distinction and strength throughout the novel. The strength of voice was immediate. Susan obviously knows her characters and how to write them. I'm hesitant to write that I feel that this novel was even better than the first as it was like slipping into familiar clothing only to be surprised (like finding twenty dollar bills in those favourite clothes) and delighted. The characters and plot were extremely easy to invest in, sympathize with and form an emotional connection to and there is, for those so inclined, deeper looks not only at farming, sustainability and ecology but also at the people who practice these and their interconnectedness. Once again, this does not bog down the novel and quite often family members asked me what I was laughing at to have me read them passages in response - there was no other response fitting to the question. While I would recommend any of Susan's novels and have given many as gifts, giving "Republic of Dirt" (especially along with "The Woefield Poultry Collective") would delight the recipient and provides a beautiful book set as a gift. I feel this novel exemplifies Susan's humor, style, artistic aesthetic and writer's voice. The ease of reading this novel is a testament to Susan's understanding of her characters, the demands of a novel and her undeniable wit and humor that will leave you, as it did me, hopeful for another instalment.
Date published: 2015-02-19