If you are looking for a book that takes about an hour to read, but will stay with you for much longer, Fup is the answer. It's a tall tale set in the wilds of Northern California, perched somewhere between Vonnegut and Brautigan, and involves a duck named Fup, a murderous wild boar and a bootlegging grampa and his fencebuilding grandson. Soulful yet charming, without being lightweight and mawkish or overly-sentimental... no easy task. This book works for all ages, from twelve to two hundred. I searched out all of Jim Dodge's other books after reading this one. —Recommended by Layla, City Lights Books
Short, sweet, and whiskey-fueled
Start with Granddaddy Jake Santee, a cantankerous, ninety-nine-year-old coot with a taste for gambling and whiskey; add in Tiny, his gentle giant of an adopted grandson, whose passion for building well-crafted fences on land with no livestock borders on obsessive; then add Fup, a twenty-pound mallard with an iron will and a fondness for hooch and romantic movies. What do you get?
You get Fup--a wildly eccentric modern classic that invites you to sit a spell and wet your whistle while it regales you with tales of teaching Fup to fly, the Sunday morning pig hunt, and the Great Checker Showdown of '78. First published in 1983, this hilarious, heartwarming, magical tale has sold over 100,000 copies since its debut. Fup is a contemporary fable that inspires an evangelical fervor in all who read it.