Ann Gelder
ISBN: 978-1-936511-44-0
$15/256 pages

Join Jackie Majesky and family in a delicious black comedy skewering consumerism, Christmas, and our search for meaning. A novel of belief and belonging, steeped in humor and hope.


"A delightful black satire." — ForeWord Reviews

"Captivating ... the characters are believable even in their outlandish moments." — Lake Tahoe News

"I was charmed, entertained, and amazed." — Insatiable Booksluts

"It's refreshing in these post-irony times to see characters who believe—and not just in the traditional religious sense."  — Necessary Fiction

"A love song and a Molotov cocktail to the American myth of self-reinvention."

— Anthony Varallo, author of Think of Me and I'll Know

"Skewers a culture gone mad with consumerism, religious millennialism, and the obsession with celebrity."

— Lawrence Coates, author of The Master of Monterey

"At once highly imaginative, playful and deadly serious. I loved it."

— Ellen Kirschman, author of Burying Ben

"An engaging fable of the contemporary American West."

 — Stuart Rojstaczer, author of The Mathematician's Shiva

"A delicious and moving story, filled with mischief, satire, and ultimately great joy."

 — Harriet Chessman, author of The Beauty of Ordinary Things

"Bigfoot and the Baby had me at Rapture! What a remarkable, deeply original book."

— Deborah Michel, author of Prosper in Love


Interview with Ann Gelder on the problem of belief.


In Ann Gelder’s brilliant debut novel a frustrated homemaker searches for God and finds Bigfoot instead.

It’s 1986, and 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 instinctively 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 enthusiastically 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.

A satirical novel of family, faith, and forgiveness, BIGFOOT AND THE BABY is for anyone who seeks to explore life’s mysteries with wit and wild humor.


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.

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An excerpt from BIGFOOT AND THE BABY, "Origin," was published in Crazyhorse, issue 80, Fall 2011.

Cover design: Vicky Shea, Ponderosa Pine Design

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