"A towering landmark of postwar Realism. . . . A sustained work of prose so lucid and fine it seems less written than carved." ― David Foster Wallace
Otto and Sophie Bentwood live in a changing neighborhood in Brooklyn. Their stainless-steel kitchen is newly installed, and their Mercedes is parked curbside. After Sophie is bitten on the hand while trying to feed a stray, perhaps rabies-infected cat, a series of small and ominous disasters begin to plague the Bentwoods' lives, revealing the fault lines and fractures in a marriage―and a society―wrenching itself apart.
"Vividly rendered...haunting....[Paula Fox] writes with silken ease and a sensitivity to nuance."―Newsday
“Not only can Fox see, she can hear, she can feel.”―Zadie Smith, Harper’s
America and the catastrophic world of twentieth-century war, mass murder, and horror are the backdrop of this story of Annie Gianfala, a young woman who finds herself cast adrift in Hollywood with World War II looming.
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 ...
Heart of a Teacher is a celebration of thanks to the teachers of the world. Filled with inspirational stories and poems, this beautiful book reflect the hearts of teachers and their commitment to making a difference in each life they touch.