Trying to Save Piggy Sneed

Trying to Save Piggy Sneed is a collection of short works by John Irving, first published by Arcade Publishing in 1996. It features twelve writing pieces divided into three sections: Memoirs, Fiction, and Homage. The titles of the pieces are as follows:

Trying to Save Piggy Sneed
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AuthorJohn Irving
CountryUnited States
Genreshort story collection, nonfiction collection
PublisherArcade Publishing
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
Pages432 pp (hardcover edition)
ISBN1-55970-323-7 (hardback edition) & ISBN 0-345-40474-2 (paperback edition)
813/.54 20
LC ClassPS3559.R8 T78 1996


  • "Trying to Save Piggy Sneed" (short story)
  • "The Imaginary Girlfriend"
  • "My Dinner at the Whitehouse"


  • "Interior Space"
  • "Brennbar's Rant"
  • "The Pension Grillparzer"
  • "Other People's Dreams"
  • "Weary Kingdom"
  • "Almost in Iowa"


  • "The King of the Novel"
  • "An Introduction to A Christmas Carol"
  • "Gunter Grass: King of the Toy Merchants"

Following each piece, Irving included sections entitled "Author's Notes," where he discussed his inspiration for the pieces and the methods of their creation.

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