From former Faulkner winner Fred Setterberg, who won the gold medal for Best Essay for his manuscript, “She’s Gone” in 2004 comes his new novel: Lunch Bucket Paradise: A True-Life Novel. According to Fred, it’s all about growing up in a working class suburb during the 50s and 60s, and one of the chapters, titled “Jungle Music” is adapted from his winning essay.
Early reviews of the novel have been encouraging…
“The prose is deliciously generous, precise, and evocative. The voice is wonderful, too, and it pulls the reader deeply into organic, metaphorical territory that gracefully illuminates, among other things, the psychic minefield the American family can be. I love this story!”
– Andre Dubus III, House of Sand and Fog
“…a rare find, a book that in so many scenes and shades of story has a eerie prescience for the future of California, even as Fred Setterberg helps us to remember the state’s time of innocence and boom…. He’s funny, wry, and watchtful – a great tour guide to his own place.”
– Susan Straight, author of Take One Candle Light a Room
“This darkly humorous and affectionate but utterly unsentimental, look at the world of the ‘Greatest Generation’ recreates a time as lost to us today as our own youth. Fred Setterberg is a storyteller with incisive talent and a large heart.”
– John Raeside, founding editor of Oakland’s East Bay Express
To learn more and order the book, visit www.FredSetterberg.com.