Aaron McCloud traveled to Ireland to wallow in self-pity, and he couldn't have chosen a more solitary, majestic, or implacable place to do so. While this mythic land is seemingly laid out for his amazement, Aaron prefers to walk the hills and shore in solitude, his newly won sorrow undisturbed. That Aaron has been unlucky in love is obvious; that he has chosen this landscape in which to grieve is typical of his brooding nature. Notwithstanding a visit to his aunt Kitty, he plans to nurse his mournfulness to the very last drop and deepen the furrow of his brow in splendid isolation. But the improbable appearance of a curious pig interrupts his retreat. Snuffling around in Aunt Kitty's garden, this inquisitive oinker uncovers the bones of a long-missing local. And with that, Aaron's plans are shot to hell.
Along with Kitty's longtime nemesis and a handsome neighbor, Aaron finds himself a reluctant participant in some shady shenanigans. Toss together these four characters -- in the company of a wayward pig -- and the result can only be calamity and chaos, complete with a brawling pub scene, bumbling courtships, and an Irish wake unparalleled in its melodrama. With a nod to the brothers McCourt, The Pig Did It will charm and delight readers as they make the acquaintance of this unusual quartet and their cloven-footed mascot. (Spring 2008 Selection)