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Born 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 Details

ISBN: 9780312425197
ISBN-10: 0312425198
Format: Paperback / softback
(213mm x 140mm x 15mm)
Pages: 216
Imprint: St Martin's Press
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Country of Publication: United States


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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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