PUTTERING ABOUT IN A SMALL LAND
From the Back cover of the Academy Chicago 1992 edition
Puttering About in a Small Land
When Roger and Virgimu Undahl enroll their son Gregg 1n-Mrs. Alt's Los Padres Valley School in the mountains of Southern California, their marriage is already in deep trouble. Roger is a slight, insecure, tense man; Virginia is tall, slim, intelligent and somewhat overbearing, but not as difficult as her mother, Marion Watson, whose presence is a constant irritant to Roger. The Lindahls meet Chic and Liz Bonner whose two sons also board at Mrs. Alt's school. Chic is an ambitious, conve~tional businessman and Liz is pretty, plump, careless and loving. This meeting is a catalyst for a complicated series of emotions and traumas, set against the backdrop of suburban Los Angeles in the early fifties.
This is a realistic novel rich in insight, filled with details of everyday life, and skillfully told from three points of view. It is powerful, eloquent and gripping.
Now in paperback for the first time, Puttering About in a Small Land proves conclusively that Philip K. Dick did not have to leave Earth to hold the reader's attention.
Philip K. Dick was a prolific writer known primarily to readers of science fiction. His work has been translated into at least 19 languages with editions in 26 countries. Puttering About in a Small Land is one of a handful of mainstream, non-science fiction novels written by Dick in the late fifties to late sixties; it had been with Dick's papers in the Special Collections of California State University at Fullerton.