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Teaching Pigs to Sing

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"Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig". -- T-shirt sloganRita wants to pop her six-year-old son Max into baggie with a zip-lock top to preserve his freshness, so she won't have to watch him lose faith in the world. Rita, who does battle with the mice in her cupboard and the fibroids gnawing in her belly, is a single parent with a mother ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published August 1st 1997 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published February 1997)
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Dawn CM
Jul 08, 2016 Dawn CM rated it did not like it
I read this because I loved another book by this author but this one I did not enjoy. Though I found the character's pessimism funny at first, it very quickly became depressing. I skimmed the middle, the ending was heartbreaking, and overall it made me feel meh (in general, the opposite of how I want a book to make me feel).
Carol Anne Shaw
May 03, 2014 Carol Anne Shaw rated it really liked it
"Live your life as though you were about to be hit by a truck." - (Rita, from TEACHING PIGS TO SING)

TEACHING PIGS TO SING is a strange, quirky and mesmerizing book. It is the story of thirty-something Rita (a single mom trying to overcome relationship problems) and her six-year-old son, Max.

It's a book about loneliness and uncertainty, peppered with stream-of-consciouness internal dialogue (on Rita's part). Rita struggles to understand and cope with an eclectic group of people in her life - many
Feb 22, 2011 Caleigh rated it liked it
Excellent book but after a disturbing incident occurs it's difficult to enjoy the read.
Lolly K Dandeneau
Review to follow, need to digest my thoughts until they come out solid to do this novel justice
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