The Pigman

The Pigman by Paul Zindel cover, two people walking along empty benches

The Pigman

Written and illustrated by Paul Zindel

New York, Harper & Row, 1968

6" x 9"

Kerlan Collection, Children's Literature Research Collections

University of Minnesota Libraries

Alternately narrated by two alienated high school sophomores—John Conlan and Lorraine Jensen—this psychologically gripping young adult novel takes place in various locales around Staten Island, the author's home borough. A seminal contribution to the "new realism" that transformed young people's fiction in the 1960s, The Pigman is less a study in heroism than a raw acknowledgement of modern-day life as a series of thorny moral dilemmas for adults and teenagers alike.


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