Roman a clef | Livre a clef Stars

Novels in which actual events or people are given a fictional treatment . . .
Novels about roman a clef or livre a clef writing . . .


Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram Book Magazine, unless noted.
  • Fred & Edie
    Author: Dawson, Jill
    Publisher: Welcome Rain $ 25 ISBN: 156649222x Date: 2001
    starKirkusstarPWstarLibrary Journal
    Based on a true story of a love triangle that turned deadly, this is a novel of passion, murder and a spectacular public trial at a time of momentous change for women.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction Stars | All Stars
    Updated 8/24/01
  • Veronica
    Author: Gaitskill, Mary
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 23 ISBN: 0375421459 Date: 2005
    The long-awaited novel from the acclaimed author of Bad Behavior is a dark fairy tale set in Paris and Manhattan in the 1980s--a story about beauty, narcissism and appetite, transience, aging and mortality.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | AIDS
    Updated 10.24.05
  • A Sad Affair
    Author: Koeppen, Wolfgang
    Publisher: Norton $ 23.95 ISBN: 0393057186 Date: 2003
    A romantic roman a clef that tells the story of Sibylle one of the greatest literary femmes fatales since Salome. Banned by the Nazis in 1936 for its frank sexual themes, Wolfgang Koeppen's first novel is at last appearing in English. - Publishers Marketing
    Updated 5.29.03
  • Nothing Serious
    Author: Levy, Justine
    Publisher: Melville $ 15 (paper) ISBN: 0976140772 Date: 2005
    One of the edgiest and most innovative novels to come out of Europe in years-not to mention one of the most scandalous and successful-this thinly veiled roman a clef is about the daughter of one of Europe's most famous writers as she navigates life after the collapse of her marriage. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 8.8.05
  • A Family Daughter
    Author: Meloy, Maile
    Publisher: Scribner $ 24 ISBN: 074327766x Date: 2006
    From the award-winning author of Liars and Saints comes a riveting sequel of love, sex, secrets, guilt, and forgiveness, which follows the fascinating Santerre clan to Argentina.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 12.28.05

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