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Pig Park

The Midwest Book Review

Pig Park, by Claudia Guadalupe Martinez
By Margaret Lane

It's crazy! Fifteen-year-old Masi Burciaga hauls bricks to help build a giant pyramid in her neighborhood park. Her neighborhood is becoming more of a ghost town each day since the lard company moved away. Even her school closed down. Her family's bakery and the other surviving businesses may soon follow. As a last resort, the neighborhood grown-ups enlist all the remaining able-bodied boys and girls into this scheme in hopes of luring visitors. Maybe their neighbors will come back too. But something's not right about the entrepreneur behind it all. And then there's the new boy who came to help. The one with the softest of lips. Pig Park is a contemporary Faustian tale that forces us to look at the desperate lengths people will go to in the name of community and maybe love.

Critique: An usual and engagingly entertaining novel, it is clear with "Pig Park" that author Claudia Guadalupe Martinez is a master storyteller that can hold the her reader's full attention from beginning to end. Deftly crafted characters and an inherently fascinating and imaginative tale, "Pig Park" is enthusiastically recommended for personal reading lists and would make a popular addition to community library collections. It should be noted that "Pig Park" is also available in a paperback edition and a Kindle edition.
- Margaret Lane, January 1, 2015  Visit Website

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