by Lottie Hazell
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Pub Date 27 Feb 2024 | Archive Date 05 Apr 2024
Henry Holt & Company, Henry Holt and Co.
A stylish, uncommonly clever novel about one modern woman’s appetites and ambitions—and the courage it takes to start again
Outside of a childhood nickname she can’t shake, Piglet’s rather pleased with how her life’s turned out. An up and coming cookbook editor at a London publishing house, she’s got lovely, loyal friends and a handsome fiancée, Kit, whose rarefied family she actually, most of the time, likes, despite their upper-class eccentricities. One of the many, many things Kit loves about Piglet is the delicious, unfathomably elaborate meals she’s always cooking.
But when Kit confesses a horrible betrayal two weeks before they’re set to be married, Piglet finds herself suddenly…hungry. The couple decides to move forward with the wedding as planned, but as it nears, and Piglet balances family expectations, pressure at work, and her quest to make the perfect cake, she finds herself increasingly unsettled, behaving in ways even she can’t explain. Torn between a life she’s always wanted and the ravenousness that comes with not getting what you know you deserve, Piglet is, by the day of her wedding, a mess, but also ready to look beyond the lies we sometimes tell ourselves to get by.
A stylish, uncommonly clever novel about the things we want and the things we think we want, Piglet is both an examination of women’s sometimes complicated relationship with food, and a celebration of the messes life sometimes makes for us.
“A sharp and captivating debut with savory prose, a suspenseful plot, and an insightful look at the desires and expectations of a bride-to-be navigating fatphobia, wedding culture, and classism. Piglet’s emotional journey is messy, relatable, and empowering.“—Alyssa Raymond, Copper Dog Books, Beverly, MA
“A riveting and bittersweet feast that will have you chewing for days. Hazell masterfully captures hunger in all its forms, lifting the veil on the illusions we feed in an exacting world. It’s hard not to root for Piglet, even harder not to relish bearing witness to the chaos.“—Lauren Abesames, Wind City Books, Casper, WY
“Lottie Hazell's debut is an absorbing tale exploring many tough subjects facing women today but especially the intersections of internalized fatphobia and classism. With every misstep, I felt more empathy than frustration with Piglet - which is a credit to Hazell's own empathy with Piglet. I understood where she was coming from and the urge to conform as a 'safety net.' A great argument for defying the men in your life and becoming your true hedonistic self even at the expense of keeping up appearances.“—Audrey Kohler, BookWoman, Austin, TX