My essay “Red the Pig” will be appearing in the new anthology CHERISHED: WRITERS CELEBRATE ANIMALS THEY’VE LOVED AND LOST coming out next year (spring or summer 2011) from New World Library.
I’m very excited my essay was chosen for inclusion in CHERISHED. So many writers whose work I greatly admire have essays in this collection, including Anne Lamott, Thomas McGuane, Carolyn See (Lisa See’s mother), Barbara Abercrombie, and poet Ted Kooser.
In case you didn’t know, my senior year of high school we started raising pigs on our farm and I even had my mother take my high school yearbook picture with one of the piglets.
To give you a sense of what happens with me and the pig, here’s my opening paragraph:
“Growing up on a farm, I wasn’t a fool. I knew our animals were destined to become food. But the year I raised my pig, I hadn’t expected to be the instrument of his death. Red wasn’t even supposed to be mine to begin with.”
Yes, it’s a sad story. But my pig was special, and I’m glad I can honor him in this way.
I’ll be sure to update when I hear more info about CHERISHED, such as the exact publication date and who all the other writers are.
(FYI, Seven Oaks was the name of my mother’s photography studio when I was in high school.)