t's crazy! Fifteen-year-old Masi Burciaga hauls bricks to help build a giant pyramid in her neighborhood park. Her neighborhood is becoming more of a ghost town each day since the lard company moved away. Even her school closed down. Her family's bakery and the other surviving businesses may soon follow. As a last resort, the neighborhood grown-ups enlist all the remaining able-bodied boys and girls into this scheme in hopes of luring visitors. Maybe their neighbors will come back too. But something's not right about the entrepreneur behind it all. And then there's the new boy who came to help. The one with the softest of lips. Pig Park is a contemporary Faustian tale that forces us to look at the desperate lengths people will go to in the name of community--and maybe love.
This was quite a fascinating look at a small neighborhood in a big city. While cultural differences certainly played a very large part in this book, there were lots of other plots as well, which made for a satisfying mix. My favorite bit of the book was this back-and-forth on page 177 , which points out the humor as well as the variety of cultures in the book (from the E ARC):
“I’m not wearing this [peach colored guayavera]. These are the kind of shirts old men wear to baptisms and first communions. No one is going to take a guy names Nowak seriously wearing this.”
“If they can make American Lard in China, and a guy named Wong can sell tacos and chicharrones, then you can wear this. It’s called globalization.” Belinda said.
“I’m a Chino-Latino. Get your story straight,” Pedro Wong complained.