PIGS CAN'T SWIM, A Memoir
by Helen Peppe
Hardcover, $22.99 | $26.50 (Can.)
Published by Da Capo Press
Praise for Pigs Can't Swim
"Helen Peppe is just the kind of friend I would have loved growing up, and still do: quirky, smart and funny, utterly confused about people and crazy about animals. Her unforgettable memoir is full of great characters, both human and animal, as well as cruelty and betrayal, humor and forgiveness, all observed with the eye of an eagle and the loyalty of a dog. Pigs Can't Swim will break your heart and then heal it again."
—Sy Montgomery, author of The Good Good Pig
"A writer and photographer's wry but poignant account of her hardscrabble childhood and adolescence in rural New England . . . Unsentimental in its character portrayals and forthright yet humorous in its depiction of devastated innocence and family dysfunction, Peppe's book is a celebration of difference, resilience and the healing power of love."
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"Even though Pigs Can't Swim is a memoir written by a grownup looking back, the unblemished trustworthiness as a kid looking at it for the first time is right there, wide-open, hiding nothing. I love this book."
—Carolyn Chute, author of The Beans of Egypt Maine and Merry Men
"Pigs Can't Swim is a marvelously funny, moving and spirited memoit, likely destined to become a classic in the genre. What's particularly striking are the notes of humor and irony with which she tells her tale, a tale which is, ultimately, the author's search for freedom from the forces of ignorance around her."
—David Mura, author of Where the Body Meets Memory
"Pigs Can't Swim is a bracingly honest account of a troubled rural childhood inside a large New England family forced to scratch out a borderline existence on the poverty line in the last house on a dead end country road. The book is brimming full of poignant human narratives that verge on the tragic, vividly and expertly rendered, but it's also filled with redemptive accounts and empathetic love stories about the natural world and the creature world—dogs, horses, pigs— those wide-eyed companions who provide comfort along the way to those who are powerless to escape their circumstances."
—Debra Marquet, author of The Horizontal World: Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere
"An impressive and memorable debut."
—Suzanne Strempek Shea, author of Selling the Lite of Heaven