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 Juby, author
Susan Juby is a critically acclaimed author of a number of novels for teenagers and adults, including Alice, I Think, which was named by Rolling Stone as one of the top 40 young adult novels ever written and was made into a successful television series. Her novel The Truth Commission won the Sheila E. Egoff Award for Children’s Literature and the Amy Mathers Award. It was named a best teen book of the year by the ALA, Barnes & Noble, The Globe and Mail, and Kirkus. She currently lives on Vancouver Island with her husband, James, and their dog, who prefers to remain anonymous.
- […] a joyful, moving return to Woefield as its entire way of life is thrown into doubt. - Publishers Weekly Link to review
- Juby’s light, comic touch makes this read a genuine delight. But she isn’t just playing for laughs: There are also moments that are startlingly poignant, as each character is given a chance to shine. - The Globe and Mail Link to review
- Winner of the Leacock Medal for Humour
Rights Holder: Westwood Creative Artists
rights sold: Audio (US, Recorded Books), Holland (Pepper Books - Kluitman), North America (HarperCollins Canada)
rights available: World
number of pages: 416
publication date: 02/17/2015
Original language of pub: English
Materials Available: finished book