Book List in Order: 19 titles

  • A laugh-out-loud novel about teenage pretensions and adult delusions from an author whom the New York Times has called “a Balzac of the station wagon set” Chick Swallow and his best friend, Nickie Sherman, are teenage boulevardiers of Decency, Co...


  • The sins of the father are hilariously visited on the son in this witty and profound novel about the meaning of it all Stanley Waltz is a Polish American piano mover and pugnacious atheist married to a born-again believer. His heroes are H. L. Mencke...


  • A masterwork of literary parody about a suburban Samaritan and the poet he seeks to inspire After the wild adventures of Comfort Me with Apples, Chick Swallow has found domestic peace in Decency, Connecticut, accepting his fate as a middle-class husb...


  • A brilliant, fiercely funny novel that ponders the eternal question: is it better to laugh or cry? Joe Sandwich is a clown. Not literally, but what else do you call an eleven-year-old who goes to church to confess his good deeds: “I did my homewor...



  • Reverend Andrew Mackerel, a recent widower falls in love with Molly Calico, a clerk at City Hall, but must keep it a secret because of the plaza and shopping mall being planned to honor the late Mrs. Mackerel...



  • Anthony Thrasher is a fifteen-year-old underachiever who simply cannot grasp the mundane realities of the eighth grade. While under the tutelage of his free-spirited teacher Miss Maggie Doubloon (she has the audacity to assign The Scarlet Letter to h...







  • Ted Peachum's increasingly erotic involvement with police woman Kathy Arpeggio, sumptuous brewery heiress Snooky von Sickle, and his best friend's virginal younger sister climaxes in a riotous hotel affair with the Peppermint Sisters--triplets...


  • Middle-aged, middle-class writer Bob Swirling copes with his puritanical upbringing, his repressed emotions and hostilities, his lack of self-confidence, and his imagined terminal illness by retreating into the identity of Groucho Marx...


  • Fledgling marriage counselor Bill Bumpers enjoys more than professional involvement in the affairs of Mr. and Mrs. Heck Brown, their hired hand, an arc-welding sculptress, and a lady wrestler, transforming a fallow Iowa farm into an American idyll...





  • Harking from the golden age of fiction set in American suburbia—the school of John Updike and Cheever—this work from the great American humorist Peter De Vries looks with laughter upon its lawns, its cocktails, and its slightly unreal feeling of ...


  • The most poignant of all De Vries''s novels, The Blood of the Lamb is also the most autobiographical. It follows the life of Don Wanderhop from his childhood in an immigrant Calvinist family living in Chicago in the 1950s through the loss of a brothe...


  • Harking from the golden age of fiction set in American suburbia—the school of John Updike and Cheever—this work from the great American humorist Peter De Vries looks with laughter upon its lawns, its cocktails, and its slightly unreal feeling of co...


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