The Widow's Children: A Novel

The Widow's Children: A Novel

Paula Fox

"Chekhovian. . . . each line of Fox's tale, each gesture of her characters, is alive and surprising."—Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times

at the eve in their journey to Africa, Laura Maldonada Clapper and her husband, Desmond, sit down in a brand new York urban lodge room, consuming scotch-and-sodas and looking forward to the coming of 3 buddies: Clara Hansen, Laura's timid, brow-beaten daughter from a prior marriage; Carlos, Laura's flamboyant and fascinating brother; and Peter Rice, a depression editor whom Laura hasn't obvious for over a yr. yet what starts off as a bon voyage social gathering quickly parlays right into a sour, claustrophobic conflict of family members resentment. From the lodge room to the tony eating place to which the 5 embark, Laura presides over the escalating innuendo and hostility with imperial cruelty, for she is hiding the information that her mom, the kin matriarch, has died of a center assault that morning. a singular as extreme because it is unerringly saw, The Widow's Children is one other revelation of the storyteller's paintings from the incomparable Paula Fox.

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