Picaresque Fiction Stars
" being a type of fiction dealing with the episodic adventures of a usually roguish protagonist <a picaresque novel>" . - Websters Dictionary
Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram Book Magazine, unless noted.
- Crofton's Fire
Author: Coplin, Keith
Publisher: Putnam $ 21.95 ISBN: 0399151125 Date: 2004
A highly original first novel, in which a green second lieutenant barely escapes Little Bighorn - only to find that his life's adventures have just begun.
Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction | Western Stars | Fiction & Mystery Debuts
- Lord Baltimore
Author: Doster, Stephen
Publisher: Blair $ 22.95 ISBN: 0895872641 Date: 2002
Partly an homage to classics ranging from Don Quixote to Huck Finn, Lord Baltimore is a novel that creates its own universe and whose characters walk the line between the real and the fantastic.
- The Lies of Locke Lamora
Author: Lynch, Scott
Publisher: Spectra $ 23 ISBN: 0553804677 Date: 2006
Debut author Lynch pens a witty and fast-paced narrative that is nearly as much of a con as the wily schemes of its hero.
Suggested Reading: Debuts | Adult Books for Teens | Alex Award Read-Alikes: Gaiman
- The Puttermesser Papers
Publisher: Knopf List Price: $23 ISBN: 0679454764 Date: 1997
Publishers WeeklyKirkusBooklistLibrary Journal
National Book Award Finalist | PW Best Books of '97
NYTBR Editor's Choice | Booklist Editors' Choice
Yearning for a life of the mind, Ruth Puttermesser finds herself mired in the lowest circles of city bureaucracy. Her love life hopeless, her fantasies more influential than wan reality, she neverthe less turns out to be the best mayor New York City has ever elected. Soon enough, though, paradise gained becomes lost, and - even for a wistful visionary like Puttermesser - the problem of disappointment remains unresolved.
Suggested Reading: All Stars
- The Autograph Man
Author: Smith, Zadie
Publisher: Random $ 26 ISBN: 037550186x Date: 2002
The eagerly anticipated second novel form Smith about an autograph trader on a picaresque journey in search of enlightenment.
Miracle Life of Edgar Mint
Author: Udall, Brady
Publisher: Norton $ 24.95 ISBN: 0393020363 Date: 2001
Half Apache and "mostly orphaned", Edgar's trials begin on an Arizona reservation at the age of seven when the mailman's jeep accidentally runs over his head. Through it all, readers will root for this irresistible innocent who never truly loses heart, and whose quest for the mailman leads him to an unexpected home.
Suggested Reading: Reading Group Stars
- Tipping the Velvet
Author: Waters, Sarah
Publisher: Riverhead List Price: $ 23.95 ISBN: 1573221368 Date: 1999
"Lavishly crammed with the songs, smells, and costumes of late Victorian England" (The Daily Telegraph), this delicious, steamy debut novel chronicles the adventures of a young girl whose fortunes are forever changed when she falls in love with a cross-dressing music-hall singer.
Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars
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- The Sot-Weed Factor
Author: Barth, John
Barth's most distinguished masterpiece, this modern classic is a hilarious tribute to all the most insidious human vices with a hero who is "one of the most diverting . . . to roam the world since Candide".(Time).
- The Wapshot Chronicle
Author: Cheever, John
When The Wapshot Chronicle winner of the 1958 National Book Award, was published in 1957, Cheever was already recognized as a writer of superb short stories. Based in part on Cheever's adolescence in New England, the novel follows the destinies of the wildly eccentric Wapshots of St. Botolphs, a quintessential Massachusetts fishing village.
- The Ginger Man
Author: Donleavy, J.P.
Set in Ireland just after World War II, The Ginger Man is J.P. Donleavy's wildly funny, picaresque classic novel of the misadventures of Sebastian Dangerfield, a young American ne'er-do-well studying at Trinity College in Dublin. Dangerfield's appetite for women, liquor, and general roguishness is insatiable -- and he satisfies it with endless charm.
- Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
- Big Money by John Dos Passos
- Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
- The Good Soldier Svejk and His Fortunes in the War by Jaroslav Hasek
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Annotated lists of books receiving at least one starred review from one of four major review sources: Booklist, Kirkus, LJ and PW.