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The Widow's Children By Paula Fox

The Widow's Children
by Paula Fox

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On the eve of their trip to Africa, Laura Maldonada Clapper and her husband, Desmond, await the arrival of three guests. But what begins as a bon voyage party soon becomes a bitter, claustrophobic clash of family resentment.
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The Widow's Children Summary


The Widow's Children by Paula Fox

A classic American novel from the author of Borrowed Finery -- 'Chekhovian...Every line of Fox's story, every gesture of her characters, is alive and surprising.' New York Times On the eve of their trip to Africa, Laura Maldonada Clapper and her husband, Desmond, sit in a New York City hotel room, drinking scotch-and-sodas and awaiting the arrival of three guests: Clara, Laura's timid daughter from a previous marriage; Carlos, Laura's flamboyant brother; and Peter, a melancholy editor whom Laura hasn't seen for over a year. But what begins as a bon voyage party soon becomes a bitter, claustrophobic clash of family resentment. From the hotel room to the tiny restaurant to which the five embark, Laura presides over the escalating innuendo and hostility with imperial cruelty, for she is hiding the knowledge that her mother, the family matriarch, has died of a heart attack that morning. Intense and unerringly observed, The Widow's Children is a tour de force from the incomparable Paula Fox.

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The Widow's Children Reviews


'Unforgettable. Nowhere are the perils of family life more fully realized than in this disturbing, seething novel.' TLS 'Subtle and brilliant, powerful and upsetting, it is also exhilarating in its insights. I am inspired by its rigorous intelligence, its elegant structure, its economy, and its passion... Paula Fox possesses wit, a deadly good ear and a prose style as sharp and precise as the bit of a drill.' Andrea Barrett 'The most elegant exploration I have read of the chaos of modern life... There is something marvellously honorable in Fox's novel.' Nation

About Paula Fox


Paula Fox is the author of six novels, including Desperate Characters, The Widow's Children, and Poor George. She is also a Newbery Award-winning children's author. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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GOR002632621
The Widow's Children by Paula Fox
Paula Fox
Used - Very Good
Paperback
HarperCollins Publishers
2003-06-16
240
0007150377
9780007150373
N/A
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