"The Saskiad," by Brian Hall. Houghton Mifflin. 382 pages...

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February 02, 1997|By Richard Eder | Richard Eder,Los Angeles Times

"The Saskiad," by Brian Hall. Houghton Mifflin. 382 pages. $23.95.

The redoubtable and richly imagined 12-year-old heroine othis novel is on the cusp between childhood and adolescence. With a difficult life, she escapes through literary fantasies that the author portrays as comic, touching and revelatory embroidering of reality.

Fantasy rules the second part as well, but it becomes more frenetic as the reader discerns the darkness beneath.

Pub Date: 2/02/97

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