Picador USA, Paperback, 9780312181710, 400pp.
Publication Date: January 15, 1998
Longing to escape the rundown commune where she lives with her organic-farmer mother, assorted half-siblings, and a cow named Marilyn, the precociously well-read Saskia White, twelve, imagines herself as the noble contemporary of Odysseys, Marco Polo, and Horatio Hornblower. Saskia's elaborate fantasies are soon upstaged by her real-life, long-lost father, who leads Saskia and her best friend Jane on a camping trip that turns into an epic adventure of love, sex, and lies.
Saskia is as unforgettable as her own heroes, a young girl whose story resonates with a rare and joyous sense of life and discovery.
"Richly imagined...lyrical and compelling."--The Los Angeles Times Book Review
"A continual delight...exhilarating ambition and inventiveness, an American book of wonders."--The New York Times Book Review