Synopses & Reviews
This complete gathering of Paula Fox's short works spans forty-five illustrious years of her career, from 1965 to 2010. There are perfectly turned stories (two of which Grace and The Broad Estates of Death won the O. Henry Prize) in which characters unexpectedly find themselves at a crossroads and struggle to connect with others. There is memoir a genre where Fox's honesty, grace, and perception set her apart in which Fox revisits childhood ideas about art and reality, life in New York in the 1960s, and her relationship with her husband's family. And there are essays pointed, funny, relentlessly persuasive pieces on such topics as censorship and the corruption of language. Enlivened by Fox's signature wit and electrified by her unsparing insights into human nature, News from the World is essential for Fox's loyal readers and perfect to introduce those who are meeting her for the first time.
"The unfettered voice found in Fox's wide-ranging personal essays [lingers] in the memory." Megan O'Grady
"Fox's style is jagged, elliptical at times and even rough. In fact it has a unique expressiveness; an industrial, not a jeweler's diamond, and used for cutting, not display." Vogue
"Leaves the reader with a bolstering sense of having been enriched by a view of the world at once rigorously thoughtful and deeply felt." Richard Eder Boston Globe
"What makes more than the sum of its parts is Fox's voice: astringent (but never cold), unsentimental (but never pitiless), exasperated (but never angry)." The Atlantic
This gathering of Paula Fox's short work spans her illustrious career, from 1965 to the present including perfectly turned stories; pointed, engaging essays; and raw yet eloquent memoir.
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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.