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Pigtopia

B

Despite its regrettable title and a tendency toward melodrama, Kitty Fitzgerald’s Pigtopia is a surprisingly sweet story. Severely disfigured Jack — verbally abused by Mom, rejected by society — strikes up a friendship with alienated teenager Holly by sharing an odd secret with her: He rears pigs in his basement. With narration alternating between Jack’s gentle but primitive voice and Holly’s dear-diary monologues, Pigtopia offsets its benignity by taking daring, even gruesome narrative turns. And while the story’s tragic trajectory doesn’t come close to matching the depth of Frankenstein (clearly an influence), Jack’s uncertain fate will keep you intrigued.

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