Pig years

Ellyn Gaydos

Book - 2022

"As a seasonal farmer in upstate New York and Vermont-living hand-to-mouth, but in love with the land and its creatures-Ellyn Gaydos understands the delicate balance between loss and gain. Choosing such work instead of moving to the city with her long-distance boyfriend, Gaydos recognizes her role in cycles bigger than herself. Yearning to be a mother, she recognizes, too, how new life is mirrored in everything that surrounds her: livestock, full moons, endless acres of green that seem to b...lossom overnight. But there's tragedy on the farms as well: fields gone barren, opioid addiction, and animals meeting their end too soon. While small farms struggle to survive in the face of industrial operations, low wages, and loneliness, Gaydos takes us into a violent and gorgeous world where pigs are turned into star-bright symbols of hope, and beauty surfaces in the furrows, the sow, and the slaughter"--Provided by publisher.

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Subjects
Genres
Autobiographies
Published
New York : Alfred A. Knopf 2022.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
"This is a Borzoi book"--Indicia.
Physical Description
xvii, 209 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780593318959
Main Author
Ellyn Gaydos (author)
  • Prologue: Gumdrop
  • First bloom.
  • New Lebanon
  • Mating
  • Springs
  • Brother Sun, Sister Moon
  • Go, pigs, go
  • Turning stone green.
  • Planting in the quarry town
  • Luke
  • Red, white, & blue
  • The size of everything
  • Thunder road
  • The funeral
  • Days of harvest.
  • The eve of destruction
  • Summer's solstice
  • Machine work
  • Fairgrounds
  • Guardian angels
  • Fattening
  • The reaping
  • Returns
  • Winter.
  • Solstice
  • A new year
  • March
  • Epilogue: Spring Again.