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Skirt and the fiddle
Egolf, Tristan, 1971-2005.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Grove Press, [2002]

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199 pages ; 22 cm
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Egolf burst onto the literary scene with his first novel, "Lord of the Barnyard, " garnering renown around the world and instantly establishing himself as an audacious and inventive young writer. "Skirt and the Fiddle" is his frenetic, hilarious love story about a group of misfits in a flophouse.

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Library Journal Review

In this follow-up to his widely acclaimed debut, Lord of the Barnyard, Egolf creates a bizarre world peopled with cartoonish freaks, losers, and down-and-outers. Narrator Charlie Evans, a violin virtuoso and orphan of Asian-Afro-American parentage, ends up in a skid-row boarding house in Philth Town, somewhere near New York City. Among the residents is Tinsel Greetz, an anarchist and troublemaker with whom Charlie reluctantly forms a friendship. They take a high-paying job hunting rats in the sewers, but soon Charlie meets Louise Gascoygne, a wealthy beauty who somewhat improbably falls for him. Charlie strives to overcome his streak of bad luck and lack of confidence to attempt a happy ending with the lovely Louise. The novel features extended slapstick scenes of comic destruction and nightmarish wackiness, as Charlie and Tinsel run into waiters carrying full trays of food, kick over buckets of paint, and start a street riot. This energetic and entertaining work seems more like an expanded short story, but the author's vibrant writing and lunatic vision might be especially appealing to a younger (college age and up) audience. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/02.] Jim Coan, SUNY Coll. at Oneonta (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.