Pig Years

Knopf. Jun. 2022. 240p. ISBN 9780593318959. $27. ANIMAL HUSBANDRY
An ode to pig farming that waxes poetic in its simple majesty; readers will revel in the beautiful imagery and lyricism of this tribute to farm life in Vermont and upstate New York. Husbandry is portrayed with the rhythmic storytelling of Gaydos’s masterful, rapturously refreshing, and immersive writing: a delicate balance between the graceful beauty and cruel reality of farm life, loss and abundance, longing and belonging. Gaydos’s narration is so beautiful and omniscient, it feels less like a farmer’s almanac than a guided meditation through the Northeast’s harsh winters and hot summers. Her clean linen language and sophisticated writing style is sure to move readers as it turns a pigsty into an oasis and a sunburn into a warm weather kiss. Readers will fall in love with Gaydos’s humble commitment to feeding her soul through farming. More than a memoir; it’s a sensory experience of the complexities of loving and living the not-so simple simple life while hovering just above the poverty line.
VERDICT This diamond in the rough is sure to be a bestseller. It would support and complement any library collection for its history, husbandry, and honesty.
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