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ISBN13: 9780393318944
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Otto and Sophie Bentwood live childless in a renovated Brooklyn brownstone. The complete works of Goethe line their bookshelf, their stainless-steel kitchen is newly installed, and their Mercedes is parked curbside. But after Sophie is bitten on the hand while trying to feed a half-starved neighborhood cat, a series of small and ominous disasters begin to plague their lives. The fault lines of their marriage are revealed — echoing the fractures of society around them, slowly wrenching itself apart.

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"A towering landmark of postwar Realism....A sustained work of prose so lucid and fine it seems less written than carved." David Foster Wallace

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"Desperate Characters is, simply, a perfect short novel. A few characters, a small stretch of time; setting and action tightly confined — and yet, as in Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich, everything crucial within our souls bared." Andrea Barrett

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"This perfect novel about pain is as clear, and as wholly believable, and as healing, as a fever dream." Frederick Busch

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"Brilliant....[Fox] is one of the most attractive writers to come our way in a long, long time." The New Yorker

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"One of the few novels I've quite literally kept near me over the years, to re?read regularly. It's a model of profound and worldly insight and elegant style....Paula Fox's beautifully calibrated sense of scale demonstrates the power of brevity and reticence. It's thrilling to see her book made available again." Rosellen Brown

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Otto and Sophie Bentwood live childless in a renovated Brooklyn brownstone. The complete works of Goethe line their bookshelf, their stainless-steel kitchen is newly installed, and their Mercedes is parked curbside. But after Sophie is bitten on the hand while trying to feed a half-starved neighborhood cat, a series of small and ominous disasters begin to plague their lives. The fault lines of their marriage are revealed — echoing the fractures of society around them, slowly wrenching itself apart. First published in 1970 to wide acclaim, Desperate Characters stands as one of the most dazzling and rigorous examples of the storyteller's craft in postwar American literature — a novel that, according to Irving Howe, ranks with "Billy Budd, The Great Gatsby, Miss Lonelyhearts, and Seize the Day."

"Desperate Characters is, simply, a perfect short novel. A few characters, a small stretch of time; setting and action tightly confined — and yet, as in Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich, everything crucial within our souls bared." — Andrea Barrett "This perfect novel about pain is as clear, and as wholly believable, and as healing, as a fever dream." — Frederick Busch "Brilliant. . . . [Fox] is one of the most attractive writers to come our way in a long, long time." — The New Yorker   Introduced by Jonathan Franzen, one of Granta's Twenty Best Young American Novelists

About the Author

Paula Fox is the author of Desperate Characters, The Widow's Children, A Servant's Tale, The God of Nightmares, Poor George, The Western Coast, and Borrowed Finery: A Memoir, among other books. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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The title and cover picture describe a very real problem that exists in every state, town, and neighborhood around the world. It's everyone's responsibility to read this book and find out what each of us can do to eliminate this threat to animals and to humans.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393318944
Introduction:
Franzen, Jonathan
Author:
Fox
Author:
Fox, Paula
Author:
Franzen, Jonathan
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Series:
Norton Paperback Fiction
Publication Date:
19990531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.28x5.57x.44 in. .53 lbs.

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Product details 192 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393318944 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A towering landmark of postwar Realism....A sustained work of prose so lucid and fine it seems less written than carved."
"Review" by , "Desperate Characters is, simply, a perfect short novel. A few characters, a small stretch of time; setting and action tightly confined — and yet, as in Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich, everything crucial within our souls bared."
"Review" by , "This perfect novel about pain is as clear, and as wholly believable, and as healing, as a fever dream."
"Review" by , "Brilliant....[Fox] is one of the most attractive writers to come our way in a long, long time."
"Review" by , "One of the few novels I've quite literally kept near me over the years, to re?read regularly. It's a model of profound and worldly insight and elegant style....Paula Fox's beautifully calibrated sense of scale demonstrates the power of brevity and reticence. It's thrilling to see her book made available again."
"Synopsis" by , Otto and Sophie Bentwood live childless in a renovated Brooklyn brownstone. The complete works of Goethe line their bookshelf, their stainless-steel kitchen is newly installed, and their Mercedes is parked curbside. But after Sophie is bitten on the hand while trying to feed a half-starved neighborhood cat, a series of small and ominous disasters begin to plague their lives. The fault lines of their marriage are revealed — echoing the fractures of society around them, slowly wrenching itself apart. First published in 1970 to wide acclaim, Desperate Characters stands as one of the most dazzling and rigorous examples of the storyteller's craft in postwar American literature — a novel that, according to Irving Howe, ranks with "Billy Budd, The Great Gatsby, Miss Lonelyhearts, and Seize the Day."

"Desperate Characters is, simply, a perfect short novel. A few characters, a small stretch of time; setting and action tightly confined — and yet, as in Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich, everything crucial within our souls bared." — Andrea Barrett "This perfect novel about pain is as clear, and as wholly believable, and as healing, as a fever dream." — Frederick Busch "Brilliant. . . . [Fox] is one of the most attractive writers to come our way in a long, long time." — The New Yorker   Introduced by Jonathan Franzen, one of Granta's Twenty Best Young American Novelists
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