The novel is The Egg and I, by Betty Macdonald copyright 1945

Bettys new husband Bob has an epiphany and decides that it is his lifes calling to become a chicken farmer. In his epiphanial enthusiasm, Bob buys an abandoned farm in the wilds of Washington State, and proceeds to start a chicken ranch with all the knowledge and experience that city life has endowed him. I mean, how hard can it be?

The novel follows Bettys experiences in this backwoods setting as she learns to deal with errant wildlife, even more errant neighbors and rustic, often non-existent amenities. Stove is not going to get the best of her! And Momma did say that a good wife should always support her husband.


Since were midweek, Ill keep the submission window open till Saturday, April 1st. Thats a score less 9 days, a sennight plus 4 days or a fortnight less 3 days. After that, the jigs up.