Jim Dodge’s Fup has been selected as the HSU/CR 2013-2014 Book of the Year. Fup, originally published in 1983, is a work of fiction that tells the story of Jake Santee, his grandson “Tiny,” and Fup, their adopted mallard living on a farm in the hills of western Sonoma County. We also learn about the back-story that brings Jake, a gambler who travels the West, and Tiny, a young man who loves building fences on a farm with no livestock, together with Fup, an eccentric duck with a fondness for drinking moonshine.
The Los Angeles Times described Fup as a “contemporary California fable of transcendent charm, wisdom, and beauty.” The book was re-released in 2011 in a new, updated edition and can be found in the HSU bookstore and online.
Jim Dodge grew up in Sonoma County and received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa. Since 1995, Jim has been a faculty member in the English Department at Humboldt State University.
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