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.
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
"WHEN LIFE WAS LIKE A CUCUMBER" WAS NAMED A SILVER WINNER
OF THE JULY 2020 LITERARY TITAN BOOK AWARD
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SEE WHAT BOOK REVIEWERS ARE SAYING
The story teeters on the edge of humorous and poignant. It is a brilliant
mix of serious and casual.”
Excerpts from Literary Titan
Wyss’s best writing is artful, offering readers a vivid, believable look at the times.
Excerpts from BlueInk Review (June 2020)
The author added an extra layer of humor and wit to
the already charming Jeff
to make him irresistible.
Excerpts from Reader’s Favorite by Rabia Tanveer (May 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)