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.