"A California novel about belonging and belief. It's 1986, and devout homemaker Jackie Majesky knows the world is ending. Apocalyptic portents--famine, war, the Chernobyl meltdown--have been piling up for months. Her comedian husband and punk-rock daughter see nothing amiss, but her new baby, Mollie, won't stop screaming. Jackie decides it's up to her to save the world, and her hapless family, from damnation. Joining forces with a charismatic businessman who knows how to soothe Mollie's cries, Jackie launches a wildly successful salvation-through-shopping program. She leads the most generous consumers to a domed paradise in the Mojave Desert, where she presides as mayor. But when a mythical creature finds his way into her city, Jackie must confront her faith in God, commerce, and the power of love."
Available here: Bigfoot and the Baby
Ann Gelder's debut, BIGFOOT AND THE BABY, is a delightful black satire. Playing with themes of belonging and belief, Gelder examines the interplay of capitalism and religion in 1980's America. Those disenfranchised with the religion of consumerism will appreciate this tongue-in-cheek novel. ---- ForeWord Magazine
BIGFOOT AND THE BABY is a creative and complex dark comedy. Gelder has crafted a multifaceted, provocative story coupled with an edgy sci-fi vibe that spices the pot. The book focuses on a dysfunctional family mired in crisis and introduces irony and humor from the start. But satire keeps the wheels turning. BIGFOOT AND THE BABY will test your sensibilities and tease your imagination from page one. ---- Gloria Sinibaldi, Tahoe Daily Tribune
A satire of 1980's America, Ann Gelder's BIGFOOT AND THE BABY skewers a culture gone mad with consumerism, religious millennialism, and the obsession with celebrity. Gelder's satire is by turns savage and tender, but in the end she offers even the most misguided characters a tenuous redemption. ----Lawrence Coates, author of The Master of Monterey
About the Author:
Ann Gelder's work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Crazyhorse, Flavorwire, The Millions, The Rumpus, Tin House, and other publications. She has taught literature at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, and has worked as an online producer and marketing consultant. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
I loved it! And if you like satire, social commentary, dark humor, punk rock, living in bubbles and of course the mystery and myth of Bigfoot then you will too! Although I will warn you that there is a lot less about Bigfoot than some of you may wish, "He" only shows up to punctuate and define our beliefs and inner psyche sporadically throughout....
And another great book I recently read is "Bigfoot Blues" by Pamela Foster a native Humboltian!
"The daughter of a longtime Bigfooter enlists the help of her redneck friends to teach a sweet-talking city slicker a backwoods lesson in this rollicking tale by novelist Pamela Foster (Redneck Goddess, 2011) Samantha is a pretty, spirited bartender who manages VDs with her on-again-off-again boyfriend and business partner, Hawk. When a finely-dressed, big-city author named Mark Nielson wanders in the bar one evening for a meeting of the believers, the locals expect trouble. But Sam can't help but be swayed by the sexy stranger with eyes the color of that variegated moss along a late summer river, especially after the shabby treatment she's received from Hawk. Sweet talk and flowers wear down her quard Full of humorous asides and swelling with redneck pride, Bigfoot Blues blends together an eclectic group of believers and nonbelievers for an offbeat but delightful read."
Available now from Amazon.com.
Written by Pamela Foster, who was born and raised in Humboldt County and therefore knows about all things Bigfoot and all aspects of the local culture, "Bigfoot Blues" is the story of the daughter of a Bigfooter, bartender, and pistol packing mama who finds herself on the adventure of a lifetime. I have only just finished chapter one, and am kicking myself for starting it right before I have to head out for the evening, because already I am hooked and loath to put it down. I will be writing a full review once I have finished, but right now I can say that it was highjacked off my nightstand one night last week by a non-Bigfooter who read it all in less than a day, and who loved every second of it, so it's allure is definitely not confined to just the Bigfooting crowd.
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Thank you so much for the signed copies of both your Books Pamela! Click these links to read more about "Bigfoot Blues" and it's wonderful Author Pamela Foster and make sure you check out her other book Redneck Goddess as well!
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