cover image Esther the Wonder Pig: Changing the World One Heart at a Time

Esther the Wonder Pig: Changing the World One Heart at a Time

Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter, with Caprice Crane. Grand Central, $26 (224p) ISBN 978-1-4555-6078-3

Life partners Jenkins and Walter (assisted by novelist Crane) embark on a heartwarming journey when Jenkins eagerly agrees to adopt a miniature piglet in need of a home. Walter, who resisted the adorable little pig at first, quickly becomes "head over heels for [the] pig, of all things, experiencing all the firsts you have with a new pet." When they notice that Esther is gaining weight and growing at an alarming rate, their greatest fears are confirmed: Esther is a commercial pig, coming in at around 600 pounds upon full adulthood. What follows is a comedy of errors involving house training, broken furniture, ear-splitting squeals, and two men who simply cannot give up their beloved pet pig no matter what. When Walter and Jenkins realize that there are other homeless "Esthers," their beloved pig leads them to a life-changing decision that also saves the lives of numerous abandoned animals. Funny, entertaining, enlightening, and touching, this book about an unknowingly influential little piggy is a good read that also provides an education on the intelligence of pigs and their capacity for giving and receiving affection. Agent: Erica Silverman, Trident Media Group. (June)