PINCH by Larry Callen


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Pinch Grimball might be the Louisiana counterpart of Robert Peck's Soup (1974), except that there is a thread of plot connecting his shenanigans. It all centers on a pig, Homer, which Pinch buys after a series of swaps and bargains, and proceeds to train for the annual Four Corners hunting pig contest. But Pinch has to be mighty sharp to foil mean, scheming Mr. John Barrow and the simpler Sweet boys (also adults), all of whom are training pigs of their own. That grown men would resort to pignapping, switching and spooking, all to cheat a kid out of a copper ring trophy, is hard to credit; but Callen gives the impression of knowing his bayou crossroads as well as he knows his pigs.

Pub Date: Feb. 26th, 1976
Page count: 180pp
Publisher: Atlantic/Little, Brown