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
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
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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
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