With everything happening on Helen Peppe’s backwoods Maine
farm—ferocious sibling rivalry, rock-bottom poverty, feral male chauvinism, sex
in the hayloft—life was out of control, even for the animals. Despite the
chaos, in telling her family’s story, Peppe manages deadpan humor, an unerring
eye for the absurd, and a touching compassion for her utterly overwhelmed
parents. While her feisty resilience and candor will inevitably remind readers
of Jeannette Walls or Mary Karr, Peppe’s wry insight and moments of tenderness
with family and animals are entirely her own.
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