It's 1972 and the Sixties are over. Or are they?
When the house they are renting outside of Oneonta, New York, burns to the ground,
24-year-old Jeffrey Hesse and his wife, Jane,
split up, launching Jeff on a wild journey of
self-discovery and sexual awakening. Inspired by an angel calling herself Isadora Duncan, Jeff sets out to see the world and find his place in post 60's America. His odyssey carries him to the Gulf Coast of Florida, the streets of Boston, the hash clubs in Amsterdam, and his ancestral home of Switzerland. He finds himself seated next to Jesus on an airplane and spends an idyllic summer on the island of Crete where he is befriended by a Greek Renaissance man. A delicious stew of Jack Kerouac and Cheech and Chong with a pinch of Forrest Gump added to the mix, When Life Was Like a Cucumber is both funny and sad. Set against the backdrop of the Watergate years,
it examines the alienation and hope of a generation weaned on the drug culture, the sexual revolution, and the Vietnam War.
Hang on and enjoy the ride. When it's over, you'll have to agree that life is indeed like a cucumber.
Due to the current Covid-19 situation, no readings or book signings are planned until further notice.
ON AUGUST 27, 2019,
WHEN LIFE WAS LIKE A CUCUMBER RECEIVED A PINNACLE AWARD AS ONE OF 3 BOOKS AWARDED THE "BEST BOOKS" HONOR IN HISTORICAL FICTION BY THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BOOK ENTREPRENEURS (NABE).
WHEN LIFE WAS LIKE A CUCUMBER WAS NAMED A SILVER WINNER OF THE JULY 2020 LITERARY TITAN BOOK AWARD
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“A brutally honest and utterly riveting sexual and intellectual transformation
story that swims along literary lines”
Exerpts from BookViralBook Reviews (October 2020)
"Wyss’s best writing is artful, offering readers a vivid, believable look at the times."
Excerpts from BlueInk Review (June 2020)
“After reading this stellar book, all I wanted was a time machine to go back and be born again so I could call “The Sixties” my home.”
Excerpts from Feathered Quill Book Reviews by Amy Lignor (July 2020)
“Wyss has created a unique road romp with the sporadic wisdom of Pirsig, the antics
of Kesey and the visual artistry of Steinbeck.”
Excerpts from Self-Publishing Review (May 2020)