By (author) Paula Fox
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Borrowed Finery by Paula Fox
Book DescriptionBorn in the 1920s to nomadic, bohemian parents, Paula Fox is left at birth in a Manhattan orphanage, then cared for by a poor yet cultivated minister in upstate New York. Her parents, however, soon resurface. Her handsome father is a hard-drinking screenwriter who is, for young Paula, "part ally, part betrayer." Her mother is given to icy bursts of temper that punctuate a deep indifference. Never sharing more than a few moments with his daughter, Fox's father allows her to be shuttled from New York City, where she lives with her passive Spanish grandmother, to Cuba, where she roams freely on a relative's sugarcane plantation, to California, where she finds herself cast upon Hollywood's seedy margins. The thread binding these wanderings is the "borrowed finery" of the title of this astonishing memoir of one writer's unusual beginnings, which was instantly recognized as a modern classic.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780312425197
Paperback / softback
(213mm x 140mm x 15mm)
Imprint: St Martin's Press
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Paula Fox
Desperate Characters, Paperback (April 2015)
"A towering landmark of postwar Realism... A sustained work of prose so lucid and fine it seems less written than carved." - David Foster Wallace
News from the World, Paperback (June 2012)
"Not only can Fox see, she can hear, she can feel."-Zadie Smith, Harper's
Traces, Paperback (April 2011)
What leaves bubbles of air and watre in a lilly pond? What leaves a path across the sand to the sea? These questions and more are raised and answered in this quiet exploration of the traces different creatures and things leave as they pass on their way.
Maurice's Room, Paperback (April 2010)» View all books by Paula Fox
Eight-year-old Maurice's struggle to protect his bedroom full of treasured "junk" from unsympathetic parents undergoes a transformation when the family moves to the country.
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Author Biography - Paula Fox
Paula Fox is the author of the memoirs "The Coldest Winter "and "Borrowed Finery," five novels, and a Newberry Award-winning children's book. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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