The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
By Michael Chabon
Picador/Random House, 2000. 648 pages. Fiction
Joe Kavalier escapes from Nazi-infested Prague of the later 1930s and winds up in New York City. He has really no other intention that to earn money to rescue the rest of his family, but when he partners with his cousin in the creation of "The Escapist" his life takes unexpected turns.
Having been a big comic book fan growing up, this story of a couple of guys creating a successful comic book character was truly engaging on several levels. There's adventure and romance, but the real adventure and romance is in the minds of these two young men. The story is rife with imagination. A fantastic story.