February 18, 1999
Geneva, NY — Novelist and journalist Brian Hall will visit Hobart and William Smith Colleges on Wednesday, March 3. He will answer questions about his latest novel, The Saskiad, at 4:30 p.m. and give a reading from the novel at 8 p.m. Both events will be held in the Geneva Room in the Warren Hunting Smith Library. They are free and open to the public.
The Saskiad is an epic tale about the search for home and family in the life of a precocious 12-year-old girl. The ferociously bright Saskia White is growing up in, and largely holding together, a rundown commune in rural New York, where she lives with her organic-farmer mother, assorted half-siblings, and a cow named Marilyn. Saskia imagines herself as the noble contemporary of such characters as Odysseus, Marco Polo, and Horatio Hornblower, until those fantasies are upstaged by her real-life, long-lost father, who leads Saskia and her best friend Jane on a camping trip that turns into an epic adventure of love, sex, and lies.
Brian Hall is the author of a previous novel, The Dreamers, and three works of nonfiction: Madeleines’s World; Stealing from a Deep Place: Travels in Southeastern Europe; and The Impossible Country: A Journey Through the Last Days of Yugoslavia. He lives in Ithaca, New York.
As a novelist and journalist, Hall’s work has appeared in The New Yorker and New York Times Magazine. The New York Times called The Saskiad “an American book of wonders.”