Piglet: A Novel (Hardcover)

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“Lottie Hazell manages to brilliantly articulate the societal pressures placed on women to be the perfect cook, the perfect wife, the perfect friend, the perfect daughter: to be and do it all. A timeless story told in a new, unique way.”
— Lauren Nopenz Fairley, Curious Iguana, Frederick, MD


A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice
A Belletrist Book Club Pick

An elegant, razor-sharp debut about women's ambitions and appetites—and the truth about having it all

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 fiancé, 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 she knows she deserves, Piglet is, by the day of her wedding, undone, 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 often complicated relationship with food and a celebration of the messes life sometimes makes for us.

About the Author

Lottie Hazell is a writer, contemporary literature scholar, and board game designer living in Warwickshire, England. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Loughborough University, where she studied food writing in twenty-first century fiction. Piglet is her first novel.

Praise For…

A 2024 B&N Discover Pick
An IndieNext Pick for March 2024
Named a Best Book of February 2024 by People Magazine
Named one of Elle's “Best (and Most Anticipated) Fiction Books of 2024”
Named a Must-Read Book of February 2024 by NYLON

“If I owned a bookstore, I’d hand-sell Piglet to everyone...Hazell’s prose is as tart and icy as lemon sorbet; her sentences are whipcord taut, drum tight... The “will she or won’t she” isn’t just about the man and the wedding. It’s about whether Piglet ends up embracing a big life, full of richness and variety and good things to eat, or if she lets herself be crammed into that too-small dress.”
—Jennifer Weiner, The New York Times Book Review

“A fresh take on hunger, class, and the weight of expectations.”
People Magazine

“That sumptuous cheeseburger on the cover is feast enough, but Piglet has so much more to offer within its short, compulsively readable pages. . . . Delicious, in every sense of the word.”
Lauren Puckett-Pope, Elle

“Delicious food writing and subtle British class politics meet a pre-marital crisis? Sign us up!”
—Sophia June, NYLON

“Razor-sharp prose, spot-on character development, and propulsive plot. . . . Food isn’t an afterthought in this scrumptious novel, it’s one of (if not the) main characters. . . . A suspenseful, binge-worthy read that dives deep into women’s appetites, in all its many forms.”
—Hannah Towey, Condé Nast Traveler

“A compelling debut. Hazell’s writing moves quickly, and she excels in setting scenes and describing food and cooking.”
—Amy McCarthy and Bettina Makalintal, Eater

“Remarkably clever and deeply compelling. . . . This is a sharp and stylish work that will linger longer after you’re done.”
—Isabelle McConville, B&N Reads

“Some seriously brilliant cringe. When Piglet wanders into an Indian restaurant by herself and orders every dish on the menu days before her wedding-dress fitting, it’s hard not to squirm, and harder still to avoid interrogating the reasons for one’s intense discomfort . . . Like the food that Piglet cooks, Hazell’s sentences are delicious. . . A novel that you will devour first and savor later.”
Kirkus Reviews

Piglet excels in its crisp dialogue and Hazell's glorious descriptions of Piglet's cooking and the foods she hungers for.”

“Hazell debuts with the delicious narrative of a disastrous wedding.”
Publishers Weekly

“Ambitious prose Nora Ephron would be proud of. Hazell captures the subtle class divide in contemporary British life with precision—all while serving the reader a bacchanal of delicious food writing that will have you craving more.”
—Marlowe Granados, author of Happy Hour

Piglet is luscious and disturbing and propulsive, and I completely devoured it. It’s a book about hunger and secrecy and women made small by convention. And it’s a book that tears at the surface of things to reveal the vast, messy truth of a body with a beating heart.”
Catherine Newman, author of We All Want Impossible Things

“It takes audacity and all kinds of courage to produce a novel as ferocious and weird as Piglet. The narrative accelerates like nothing else I’ve read, opening onto dead-end domestic conformity and then driving us all the way out into the wildernesses, where the possibility for liberation and the fulfillment of desires might be discovered. It made me so hungry.”
—Lamorna Ash, author of Dark, Salt, Clear

“This book! Visceral, brilliantly dark, and so smart. An object lesson in how our relentless pursuit of a tickbox life will never make us happy. Characters that pop, writing you could eat.”
—Fran Littlewood, New York Times bestselling author of Amazing Grace Adams

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250289841
ISBN-10: 125028984X
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publication Date: February 27th, 2024
Pages: 320
Language: English