Anny Scoones, Home and Away

It's pretty much adorable, Anny Scoones' second book about her life on a small farm on southern Vancouver Island, and I'm guessing that Home and Away: More Tales of a Heritage Farm has been given to a lot of people on a lot of different occasions since it first appeared five years ago. I'm late to the party, apologizing mildly once again to TouchWood Editions for ever doubting them, but these things happen.

And just in time, too, because it appears that Scoones has recently sold Glamorgan Farm! Scoones seems lovely, too, so she deserves the break, and I'm kind of excited by what Sue Wilson has planned for the place.

To the book, though, because it's all about the book around here: adorable. Her occasional drunkenness is always funny, with a ring of truth; her variously aged rescue dogs are alternately heartbreaking and inspiring; and her farming experience is appealing enough to almost make you consider taking it up.

Home and Away is best taken in small doses, mind, because it'll come across disjointed otherwise (since it's a true sampler of stories from across Scoones' entire life), and because it can get cuter than anyone could possibly need. You need some breaks, but if you take them, you just might really enjoy this book. Lots of small stories about the intersections between small-town farming, Canadian literati (mostly Lorna Crozier, to be honest), and politicking.

It's not for everyone, and it's for NO one in my book club, but if you like this book a little, you'll probably like it a whole lot.


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