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The Pig Comes to Dinner
     

The Pig Comes to Dinner

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by Joseph Caldwell, Chris Patton (Narrated by)
 

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Enjoy a second helping from the obstreperous creature that romped so riotously through The Pig Did It with this sequel The Pig Came to Dinner. All of the charming characters of the previous story are also present again: Kitty McCloud and her new husband/former blood enemy Kieran Sweeney have bought an ancient Irish castle with the profits from Kitty's popular

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Enjoy a second helping from the obstreperous creature that romped so riotously through The Pig Did It with this sequel The Pig Came to Dinner. All of the charming characters of the previous story are also present again: Kitty McCloud and her new husband/former blood enemy Kieran Sweeney have bought an ancient Irish castle with the profits from Kitty's popular revisions of classic novels like Jane Eyre. Kitty's American cousin, Aaron McCloud, has arrived to visit with his new wife, the former swineherd Lolly McKeever. With them is a troublesome and unwelcome pig, a wedding gift they are redelivering to Kitty and Kieran. But over the resulting lighthearted discord hangs a weightier problem: Kitty's new home is inhabited by a pair of ghosts from out of the castle's troubled past. How this haunting couple is dealt with serves only to embellish the allure and humor of Mr. Caldwell's uniquely theatrical storytelling.

Editorial Reviews

Richmond Times-Dispatch
“This charming, at times hilarious tale serves as a satisfying story as well as a quiet commentary on the sympathetic relationship between imagination and compassion.”
School Library Journal
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“Irish to the core, [Caldwell’s trilogy] speaks to all of humanity . . . with a heart as wide as an Irish smile and a drollness that would be welcome in many a pub.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Delicious Irish accents . . . [narrator Chris] Patton’s high-energy enthusiasm and unflagging engagement with this charming and goofy book are so winning . . . very good fun.”
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Publishers Weekly

In Caldwell's fun second installment to his Pig Trilogy (after The Pig Did It), Irish writer Kitty McCloud and husband Kieran Sweeney battle to stave off specters threatening to destroy their newfound nuptial bliss. The beautiful ghosts of Taddy and Brid haunt Castle Kissane, the couple's new abode, as well as their dreams and desires. Then the very real Lord Shaftoe appears after his family's two-century-long absence to reclaim the keep. Onto the scene trots the "lesbian" pig, whose ramblings and rootings could destroy the lovely estate-or help save it. Throughout, the whimsical tale is held aloft by a fanciful if sometimes long-winded lyricism that well conveys the spirit of its Irish setting and characters. In this story, humor and sadness, the past and the present, all live side-by-side, and it is all Kitty can do to tell them apart, much less keep the ghosts at bay. (May)

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Library Journal

This second in a projected trilogy begun with The Pig Did It reintroduces readers to the wildly successful and volatile author of "corrected" classic novels, Kitty McCloud; her hard-working husband, Kieran Sweeney; Kitty's swine-herding nephew, Aaron McCloud; and the nameless pig with a twitching pink nose for trouble. Rolling in royalties, Kitty and Kieran purchase an ancient Irish castle in County Kerry only to discover that their new demesne is haunted by the ghosts of young lovers Taddy and Brid, wrongfully accused of treason and executed 200 years before. Kitty and Kieran's desire to release the tragic pair from limbo is complicated by the appearance of Lord Shaftoe, the alleged rightful owner of the castle. Meanwhile, the mischievous pig sets in motion a chain of events that ultimately reveals the surprising resolution to everyone's problems. This charming, at times hilarious tale serves as a satisfying story as well as a quiet commentary on the sympathetic relationship between imagination and compassion.
—J. Greg Matthews

Kirkus Reviews
The second volume in Caldwell's projected trilogy (The Pig Did It, 2008)-a hybrid of farce and Irish ghost story. Hack novelist Kitty McCloud (her latest "correction" of a classic is called The Bloody Mill on the Bloody Floss) and new husband Kieran Sweeney have bought a drafty, dilapidated castle in County Kerry. There they cohabit with cows, the mischievous pig of the title and a peculiar couple of handsome teens in homespun whom they take to be squatters. It soon becomes apparent that the squatters are the raw-necked, restless ghosts of Brid and Taddy, attractive youths who centuries earlier were hanged by the English Lord Shaftoe when he took possession of Castle Kissane. Shaftoe caught wind of a plot to blow up his castle with a cache of gunpowder hidden on the premises and made an example of Brid and Taddy. The plot thickens when a descendant of Shaftoe surfaces and with the courts' backing stakes a claim as rightful owner of Castle Kissane, at which point the pig unearths a strongbox that divulges the whereabouts of the gunpowder. Plot contrivances abound, among them that Kitty half-falls for the ghost of Taddy; Kieran is smitten by Brid; and both spouses conceive a deep jealousy. Caldwell's style is histrionic and hammy; he counts on winning the reader's indulgence by way of snappy dialogue and Irish craic. Playful, at times even charming, but not light-footed enough to make up for its heavy-handedness.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611744170
Publisher:
HighBridge Company
Publication date:
04/05/2011
Edition description:
Unabridged; 7.5 hours
Product dimensions:
5.13(w) x 5.88(h) x 0.60(d)

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CHRIS PATTON began his career in stage performance but later found his true calling in voice over.  In addition to his work narrating audiobooks, Chris has also voiced over 160 animated titles, and numerous national and regional commercials.  He has appeared at over seventy-five pop culture conventions internationally to discuss his craft and interact with fans of his expansive fan base.

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