Pearl

by Malerman, Josh,

Format: Print Book 2021
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Summary
From the New York Times bestselling author of Bird Box and Malorie, Josh Malerman, comes the legend of a strange new monster unlike any other in horror (p reviously published as On This, the Day of the Pig ).

There's something strange about Walter Kopple's farm. At first it seems to be his grandson, who cruelly murders one of Walter's pigs in an act of seemingly senseless violence. But then the rumors begin--people in town whisper that Walter's grandson heard a voice that commanded him to kill.

And that the voice belongs to a most peculiar creature: Walter's pig, Pearl. Walter is not sure what to believe. He knows that he's always been afraid of the strangely malevolent Pearl. But as madness and paranoia grip the town and the townspeople descend on Walter's farm with violent wrath, they begin to discover that true evil wears a human face.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Jeff, a young boy, travels with his mother and brother to his grandfather's farm. They disperse and Jeff ends up at the pig pen. Then he grabs an axe and whacks a pig's head off and, when asked why, claims that "Pearl made me do it!" Pearl is the farm's longest-lived resident, an eerily anthropomorphic pig with one deformed eye, who has inexplicably remained alive while his fellow pigs were sent to slaughter. Pearl has a history of exerting strange influence over nearby people, and Jeff's shocking act of violence seems to be the latest and most gruesome example. The book is a reprint of a 2019 release, and its horror tilts toward the unusual, even the perverse, and will not be to everyone's taste. But daring readers should find this tale of a malevolent telepathic pig (Animal Farm meets Carrie, perhaps?) to be a memorable experience. Although it's very different in tone, the novel shares the same kind of racing narrative that made Bird Box (2014) hard to put down and is Malerman's most accomplished work outside of the Bird Box series. It will likely be divisive and will probably be one of the most-discussed books in horror this year."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Bestseller Malerman (Bird Box) offers a muddy, meandering horror tale that nevertheless contains some memorably upsetting images. The residents of small town Chowder, Mich., grapple with the presence of Pearl, a telepathic pig with the ability to control the minds of humans and drive them mad with hallucinations. Among those affected are a farmer's daughter who fights to protect her family from the pig that terrified her in her youth, a trio of stoned teenagers who explore Pearl's farm only to uncover mind-melting horrors, and a broken businessman who must finally confront the malevolent force that has haunted him for a decade. As the bodies pile up, the townspeople's paths converge at Pearl's barn, where they must maintain enough sanity to defeat Pearl once and for all. The novel suffers from thin characterization and a lack of narrative momentum, and though Malerman's exclamatory style lends itself well to the scarier moments, the story never quite manages to work its way around to coherence. This is best suited for Malerman's die-hard fans. Agent: Kristen Nelson, Nelson Literary. (Oct.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Swine -- Fiction.
Good and evil -- Fiction.
Fear -- Fiction.
Horror fiction.
Publisher New York :2021
Edition First Del Rey edition.
Other Titles On this, the day of the pig
Language English
Notes "Previously published as On this, the day of the pig."
"Originally published in hardcover in the United Stations by Cemetery Dance Publications, in 2018"--Title page verso.
Description 288 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780593237830
0593237838
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