Pigs Can’t Swim: A Memoir
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