Desperate Characters




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ISBN-10 / ISBN-130393351106 / 9780393351101
EditionReissue
AuthorPaula Fox
PublisherW. W. Norton & Company (on 2015-03-30)
Binding TypePaperback
Number Of Pages192
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"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.

First published in 1970 to wide acclaim, Desperate Characters stands as one of the most dazzling and rigorous examples of the storyteller's craft in postwar American literature ― a novel that, according to Irving Howe, ranks with "Billy Budd, The Great Gatsby, Miss Lonelyhearts, and Seize the Day."

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