Borrowed Finery: A Memoir / Edition 1by Paula Fox
Pub. Date: 11/12/2005
Born in the 1920s to nomadic and 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. But her parents, as always, soon resurface. Her handsome/p>/b>
One of America's most brilliant fiction writers offers her first book in a decade a heartbreaking memoir of girlhood
Born in the 1920s to nomadic and 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. But her parents, as always, 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. How, Fox wonders, is this woman "enough of an organic being to have carried me in her belly?"
Never sharing more than a few moments with their daughter, Fox's parents shuttle her from New York City, where she lives with her passive Spanish grandmother, to Cuba, where she roams freely on a relative's sugarcane plantation, and to California, where she finds herself cast upon Hollywood's grubby margins. The thread binding these wanderings is the "borrowed finery" of the title a few pieces of clothing, almost always lent by kindhearted strangers, which offer Fox a rare glimpse of permanency.
Vivid and poetic, Borrowed Finery is an unforgettable book that will swell the company of Fox's devoted admirers.
Author Biography: Paula Fox is the author of five novels, including Desperate Characters, The Widow's Children, and Poor George. She is also a Newbery Award-winning children's book author. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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What a wonderful book. Sometimes very sad, but a great story. Must read.