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“Freely delivered, energized and unsculpted. The tone falls somewhere between linear narrative and stream-of-consciousness rant. At its best moments it’s high comedy delivered through a lot of literary risks. . . . Written in a headlong rush of dialogue and monologue, with most events compressed around scenes of bedlam. . . . Skirt and the Fiddle reads like a well-loved war story told by a narrator infatuated with the horror and glory of his own escapades. . . . [Offering] a sense of spontaneity, inventiveness and rough edges, leading readers into delightful moments of slapstick, high comedy and the occasional beautiful single-line paragraph.”Monica Drake, Oregonian
Skirt and the Fiddle
978-0-8021-4042-5 • $12.00 • Paperback • Apr. 2004
The eagerly awaited second novel from the author of Lord of the Barnyard, which the San Francisco Chronicle called "ferociously imaginative . . . an arctic blast of fresh air and a far cry from the formulaic writing so prevalent in much contemporary fiction"
Tristan Egolf burst onto the literary scene with his first novel, Lord of the Barnyard, garnering renown around the world and instantly establishing himself as one of our most audacious and inventive young writers. Skirt and the Fiddle is a frenetic, hilarious love story that proves him to be more fearless than anyone thought.
Charlie is a brilliant violinist who, embittered by a truly horrendous gig, has kissed the fiddle and the entire straight world good-bye. He lives in a flophouse among misfits like Armless Rob, Emmy Lou Mattressback, and Tinsel Greetz, an ersatz anarchist and 200-proof charlatan. Mutually antagonistic and joined at the shot glass, Tinsel and Charlie nevertheless make a great team, and when they get a highly illegal, extremely lucrative gig killing rats in the sewers, they are a deadly, unstoppable force. The morning after dissipating their hard-earned money, the boys wake up in a hotel with the worst hangovers of their lives, and when Charlie meets the bewitching Louise, who’s offered them shelterwell, then he’s in trouble of a whole new sort.
Skirt and the Fiddle is a headlong plunge into the absurdity of infatuation, and an exuberant novel that will cement Tristan Egolf’s place among our best young writers.