Still Life With Woodpecker, by Tom RobbinsRead about the other entries on the list.
After discovering this cheerfully profane, antic, anarchic novel about a princess who falls in love with an outlaw, I went on to read every Robbins book I could find. At least one of them, Jitterbug Perfume, I recognized as a more epic and “significant” work. As they say, though, you never forget your first. Woodpecker is brash, entertaining, and colorful, full of ideas and memorable turns of phrase, and, yes, sex, lots of sex, and even more joy. There are many plot twists I cannot remember, but I will never forget the line, “‘There are only two mantras, yum and yuck, mine is yum.'” Robbins mantra is “yum,” too, and, and his creativity is infectious.
Still Life With Woodpecker is among Becky Ferreira's six favorite redheads in literature and Drew Barrymore's six best books.