Pig Boy's Wicked Bird by Doug Crandell
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Pig Boy's Wicked Bird
By Doug Crandell

Pig Boy's Wicked Bird

A Memoir

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Format: Hardback

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Pig Boy's Wicked Bird by Doug Crandell

Book Description

This gritty tragicomic memoir is set in one memorable year--1976, the Bicentennial, when Jimmy Carter ran for president and seven-year-old Doug Crandell lost two fingers in a farming accident. More than anything, Doug wants to shed his nickname, Pig Boy, and grow up to be a hog man like his father. His older brother Derrick reads pulp novels to him each night as he soaks his remaining fingers in Epsom salts. His brothers urge him to "flip the Wicked Bird" any time another child makes fun of his "lobster-red hand." Doug shares his summer of healing in Wabash, Indiana, with humans and animals who've suffered life-changing traumas: a brutal grandfather gentled by stroke, a deaf dog with a deadly taste for pig's ears, a tough-love mother coping with depression, a bevy of runt piglets saved from extermination. This is a story of love, loss, healing, and a family's relation with the land they love and know that they will lose.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781556525520
ISBN-10: 1556525524
Format: Hardback
(215mm x 139mm x 22mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Chicago Review Press
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Gabriel Burke is a writer who is alienated from everyone, and loves for exposing a discomforting family secret. Divorced from his wife, estranged from his daughter, and loathed by his alcoholic brother, Burke must confront all of them when he returns to his hometown in Smallwood, Indiana, to chronicle the story of a gruesome mass murder there.

Fear Came to Town by Doug Crandell Fear Came to Town, Paperback / softback (December 2009)

It's a town where the Christmas spirit lives all year around. It's also where Jerry Scott Heidler had been raised. And where--in December 1997--he brutally slaughters his former foster family in an act that devastates the town of Santa Claus, Georgia, forever. Includes photos. Original.

All-American Industrial Motel by Doug Crandell All-American Industrial Motel, Hardback (June 2006)

A memoir that weaves a tale set in 1990 as the author is about to graduate from college. With very few job prospects and in need of tuition money, he joins his father working at a ceiling tile factory in tiny Lagro, Indiana. As the author struggles to finish his degree, he fights the urge to stay where he is and end up a lifer like his father.

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Author Biography - Doug Crandell

Doug Crandell is the author of Pig Boy's Wicked Bird. His stories and essays have appeared in Atlanta Magazine, Glimmer Train, Indianapolis Monthly, Smithsonian, and The SUN and have been published in the anthologies Mother Knows: 24 Tales of Motherhood and Stories from the Blue Moon Cafe III: An Anthology of Southern Writers. He lives in Marietta, Georgia.

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