The Washington Post asked authors which book character they would like to accompany them for a day on the beach. Here's a brief summary, but click here for the full article.
Christopher Buckley - Magwitch, the escaped convice from Charles Dickens "Great Expectations"
Jodi Picoult - Mr. Darcy, from Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"
Barbara Delinsky - John Wheelwright from "A Prayer for Owen Meany"
Diana Gabaldon - Stephen Maturin of "Master and Commander"
Colson Whitehead - Quint from Peter Benchley's "Jaws"
Christopher Moore - The Wife of Bath from Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales
Philippa Gregory - Jake Barnes from "The Sun Also Rises"
Geraldine Brooks - Almondine from "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle"
Arthur Phillips - Captain Ahab from "Moby-Dick"
Elinor Lipman - Esme from "For Esme -with Love and Squalor"
Garrison Keillor - Emily Dickinson, the heroine of her own poetry
Wally Lamb - Scout Finch from "To Kill a Mockingbird"
George Pelecanos - Preston marsh, the anti-hero biker from Kem Nunn's classic coming-of-age novel, "Tapping the Source"
I would pick Jaime Fraser from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. Sigh