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 a good shot at immortality. 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 duck, partial to a drink herself, whose unique presence transforms the Santee household. Hilarious, heart-warming and magical, Fup is a contemporary fable that inspires an almost evangelical fervour in all who read it. It is a work of ermous originality with a giant heart.
Jim Dodge is the author of three books, Fup, Not Fade Away and Stone Junction. He lives on an isolated ranch in Sonoma County with his family and teaches creative writing at a Californian university.