Freddy and Fredericka by Mark Helprin is a unique story, following the (fictional) British royal couple Freddy and Fredericka as they blunder their way into the tabloids, doing things that don’t reflect well on the monarchy. As a result, they must make up for their missteps by going on a quest, winning over the people of America without revealing who they are and without any resources to do so.
It’s a strange sort of book, and a bit hard to describe if you don’t quite see the premise for yourself. The writing was a bit heavy though, and I often felt like I was getting tangled up in all the detail, especially when the author got a bit philosophical about what was taking place. Despite this, I pressed on, and I found the book to be rather enjoyable overall, though it did take some work to get through.