Fup is a tale of two humans, one duck and several vats of home-brewed whisky. There's Grandaddy Jake Santee, 99 years old, an unreformed gambler, cranky reprobate and fierce opponent of the work ethic. Thanks to his home-distilled hooch, Ol' Death Whisper, he reckons he's in with good shot at immortality. And then there's Tiny, adopted at the age of four by Grandaddy Jake, a giant young man as gentle as Jake is belligerent. And then there's Fup, an uncompromising twenty-pound mallard, partial to a drink herself, whose unique presence transforms the Santee household. Hilarious, heartwarming and magical, Fup is a contemporary fable that inspires an almost evangelical fervour in all who read it. It is a work of enormous originality with a giant heart.
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First published in 1983, this story is set in the coastal hills of Northern California between 1880 and the present. The tale revolves around three characters: two humans and one duck. Jim Dodge is the author of "Not Fade Away" and "Stone Junction".Review:
"You'll love it." ( Independent on Sunday)
"Delightful and constantly surprising. Jim Dodge has produced something rare: a fairy tale that is wonderfully down to earth." ( Daily Telegraph)
"Short, sharp and wickedly funny." ( Elle)
"This novel is fupped uck." ( The Times)
"Stupendous. It is a jewel, a gem, a diamond in the cesspool of life." ( San Francisco Chronicle)
A short, masterful and unusual fable.
" ( The Times 2009-04-04)
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