Brown University

Pigs Can't Swim: A Memoir

by Helen Peppe
Da Capo Press, February 2014   ISBN: 978-030682272-8
Price: $22.99

"The youngest of 9, Helen Peppe dreams of escape and candy, and bides her time by reading, especially Stephen King.  Her childhood recollections slowly dig deeper until my insides turned out and all I wanted to do was go back in time and hug this child.   A gut-wrenching, heart-breaking memoir, yet there is hope, however tenuous.   This book, to me, is on par with Jeanette Winterson's Why be happy when you could be normal?

— Reviewed by Percy