Welcome to the Pig Parts Series!

Bess McAlpin narrates the story of her extraordinary life in seven literary fiction novels set during the turbulent 1960s and 1970s against the grand expanse of Texas, the colorful palette of Mexico and the tragedy of the Vietnam War.

PIG PARTS, A NOVEL: During the early days of America’s long and disastrous involvement in Vietnam, Bess struggles to raise her little sister and complete her degree in Latin American Studies at the University of Texas. Her family has suffered years of hardship from devastating drought, her father’s undeserved blacklisting and her mother’s abandonment. In spite of swearing off romance, Bess falls hard for a young man who is her polar opposite. She is private and quiet while Nick is a gregarious, high-profile varsity swimmer. She pinches pennies while he enjoys financial security. She hides her father’s disgrace while Nick’s family enjoys political prominence. She dreams small while he dreams large. She wrestles with her feelings for him knowing that association with the daughter of a so-called Communist sympathizer could doom his Olympic dreams, and ultimately, she sacrifices their relationship.

Read about the whole series HERE