Pigs Can’t Swim: A Memoir

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Helen Peppe

Narrated By: Renee Raudman

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: February 2014

Duration: 9 hours 55 minutes


With everything happening on Helen Peppe’s backwoods Maine farm—ferocious sibling rivalry, rock-bottom poverty, feral male chauvinism, sex in the hayloft—life was out of control, even for the animals. Despite the chaos, in telling her family’s story, Peppe manages deadpan humor, an unerring eye for the absurd, and a touching compassion for her utterly overwhelmed parents. While her feisty resilience and candor will inevitably remind readers of Jeannette Walls or Mary Karr, Peppe’s wry insight and moments of tenderness with family and animals are entirely her own.

“Peppe recounts a harrowing childhood as the youngest of nine children, by turns ignored, reprimanded, or bullied…Peppe’s past, like the book itself, is raw and brutally depicted from the perspective of a child trying to make sense of the world and her place in it.”—Booklist


  • Eric P

    This is a great book! Very funny and touching. I read the print version first and then listened to the recorded one, and couldn't get enough.

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