The Saskiad (Paperback)

A Novel

By Brian Hall

Picador, 9780312181710, 400pp.

Publication Date: December 15, 1997

List Price: 26.00*
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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.

Praise For The Saskiad: A Novel

“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