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News from the World: Stories and Essays [Kindle Edition]

Paula Fox
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Book Description

“Not only can Fox see, she can hear, she can feel.”—Zadie Smith, Harper’s


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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Though the original publication dates of the work compiled for this collection span from 1965 to 2010, many of the personal narratives included cover an even wider swath of Fox's life, making for a delightful read. An insightful and sturdy writer, Fox (Desperate Characters) remains humble, curious, and thoroughly likable across decades and genres. While the story "The Broad Estates of Death," published in Harper's in 2004, will be wonderfully familiar to many readers, her essays often seem even more original and telling. Particularly poignant is "Way Down Yonder," in which Fox recalls moving to New Orleans in 1940 and the writer couple from whom she rented a room. In it, we see the city, the segregation, and the early inklings of Fox's own life of letters. Equally captivating is the remembrance of a gay friend whom Fox met while she was a single mother in Manhattan, working as a teacher. With such a rich life history from which to draw, Fox is both wholly singular in her perspective and as knowable and trustworthy as a favorite neighbor. (Apr.)

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Paula Fox's essays and short stories all display a spare, marvelous luminosity.  The author's irreducible voice—it was the same with Virginia Woolf—can always be heard, whatever the genre.

Product Details

  • File Size: 416 KB
  • Print Length: 217 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0393081281
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (June 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004M18NMA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,249 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Left in a foundling home as an infant, rescued by her Cuban grandmother, raised until age 5 by a single New England minister, reclaimed by the grandmother to live for a time on a Cuban sugar plantation, Paula Fox moved from one place to another for much of her childhood and adolescence,only occasionally living with her neglectful parents. She survived against the odds to become one of the most distinguished of American novelists. Grace, style, and powerful emotional reserve are found in her every line.

Wrenching childhood's aren't known for benefiting people, but they may be more common for the writers and artists among us, who in their travails by necessity develop a keen ability to see what lies under the surface; to distinguish false from true, sentimentality from authentic feeling. Paula Fox's work rings with truth, and her latest book, a tremendously varied collection of stories and essays published as she enters her 88th year, is a triumph and a joy to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fox is Better than Fine July 4, 2011
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I continue to be surprised and delighted by Paula Fox's work. Her own personal story is compelling, and what must have been quite a personal transformation of growth is revealed in her words. NEW FROM THE WORLD continues the pleasure: short stories and essays that contain fresh insights into the human condition, providing the reader a look into the recent past through the eyes and mind of a most observant camera.
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