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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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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, Washington State Univ. Libs., Pullman
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Delphinium Books (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883285399
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883285395
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #673,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pam Sz on August 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I couldn't have been more disappointed in this second in a planned trilogy. Where did the author of the first book go?! The plot is ridiculous and the characters barely resemble themselves from the first book. I kept reading to the end because I just couldn't believe that as delighted as I was with "The Pig Did It", I was equally as distraught with the lack of anything noteworthy in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robin on August 6, 2009
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This book is a love song to Ireland: its West coast, stories, people and the quirks of those people. The book is subtle and should be savored. Not your typical fast-paced thrill a minute, but much better. It includes the author's reflections on the life of a writer. I read this before the original in the trilogy. I'm on my way to Barnes & Noble to pick up "The Pig Did It."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I Am Celt on September 12, 2009
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I wasn't too fond of the end of this book, but the author shows great creativity in his storyline. Who would think a pig could hold so much sway over people? LOL. I'm looking forward to the third book in the series and any book that makes you anxious for more is a good book, indeed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah B. Blackburn on January 12, 2011
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This second enstallment of the Pig saga is better than the first (The Pig Did It).
The personalities of the main characters are already established and very understandable in their actions. Being of Irish decent I recognized everyone in this book, including the pig.
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This is not an everyday lesbian pig chronicle set in County Kerry amid the Emerald Isle's green gorse in seventeenth century Castle Kissane whose ownership is questionable and contested between an heir whose Cromwell-ian ancestors previously abdicated to Australia following a veiled threat boasting that a charge of gunpowder was set to pulverize their castle and all within had subsequently forced them to flee, but not before hanging a couple of young Irish lovers for spite, and a successful modern-day journalist of Kerry lineage who assumes ownership of said castle after paying taxes due and after marrying a Kerry man whose Sweeney forebears feuded with her McCloud forebears, only to see the hanged Irish lovers return to the castle as sorrowful ghosts, only to see a Cromwell-era descendent--Lord Shaftoe--return with court order in hand to reclaim his family's castle, all of which was foreseen by the local Hag, Maude McCloskey, who along with son Peter is able to read the thoughts of our protagonist, Kitty McCloud, but remains unable--and thus filled with envy--to see the spectral lovers Taddy and Brid playing a harp bearing no strings, working a loom treadle holding no yarn.

Nosiree. Amid all the `seeing,' much more courses through the porcine veins of, The Pig Comes to Dinner, including Caitlin McCloud's American nephew, Aaron, who arrives at Castle Kissane with new bride and would-be writer Lolly in tow to gift Kitty and husband Kieran--who not surprisingly is also able to see the ghosted lovers--with the aforementioned lesbian pig boasting amorous intentions for other female pigs--no less a pig whose talents run to sniffing out the location of gunpowder, heretofore existing in legend only--no less a porcine seer herself.
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By e. verrillo on June 25, 2009
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The Pig Comes to Dinner is the delightful sequel to The Pig Did It, Joseph Caldwell's hilarious farce about love, Ireland and pigs.

The story begins a short time after the first book's dramatic climax. Kitty and Kieran have married and moved into Castle Kissane, an ancient structure (something between a fortress and a barn) with a horrifying past. While the turret might seem a perfect place for Kitty to write her "corrections" of famous novels (in which the original writers have somehow gotten their plots wrong), she soon discovers that her new home is haunted. As if ghosts weren't enough to disturb her concentration, the castle is due to blow itself up--at any moment.

While The Pig Comes to Dinner features an engaging cast of characters, it is not quite as funny as The Pig Did It. For all her quirkiness, Kitty is not a strong enough central character to hold the plot together. Aaron, the lovelorn writer (now turned swineherd), was sorely missed in this book, not only for his truly over-the-top self pity, but for the contrast that his uniquely American perspective provided in The Pig Did It. In spite of its flaws, this is a book well worth reading. Caldwell is a gifted writer, and his dry, ironic wit is without compare. I look forward to reading the last book in the trilogy.
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This is the second book in the Pig Trilogy. This novel focuses on Kitty McCloud and her new husband Kiernan. They have recently purchased a castle as their home. But this home is inhabited by a pair of ghost lovers, hanged when a plot to blow up the castle went awry. Kitty first sees the ghosts thanks to the pig. As they learn more about the ghosts, each one of them is drawn to the ghost of the opposite sex. They learn from the local witch that it was their ancestors that are to blame for these two getting caught. Things get complicated when the descendant of the feudal lord who hanged the two lovers shows up with evidence that the castle belongs to him. The ghosts are terrorized by his appearance. When Kitty and Kiernan discover the method by which the castle was rigged to blow, again, thanks to the pig, each must decide whether to go peaceably or to carry out the plan that their ancestors never did. While I liked this one much better than the previous book in the series, it still had some issues for me. I do plan to read the third and final book in the series.
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