Widows Children by Paula FoxWidows Children by Paula Fox

Widows Children

byPaula FoxForeword byAndrea Barrett

Paperback | October 15, 1999

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On the eve of their trip to Africa, Laura Maldonada Clapper and her husband, Desmond, sit in a New York City hotel room, drinking scotch-and-sodas and awaiting the arrival of three friends: Clara Hansen, Laura's timid, brow-beaten daughter from a previous marriage; Carlos, Laura's flamboyant and charming brother; and Peter Rice, a melancholy editor whom Laura hasn't seen for over a year. But what begins as a bon voyage party soon parlays into a bitter, claustrophobic clash of family resentment. From the hotel room to the tony restaurant to which the five embark, Laura presides over the escalating innuendo and hostility with imperial cruelty, for she is hiding the knowledge that her mother, the family matriarch, has died of a heart attack that morning. A novel as intense as it is unerringly observed, is another revelation of the storyteller's art from the incomparable Paula Fox.
Andrea Barrett is the author of The Air We Breathe, Servants of the Map (finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), The Voyage of the Narwhal, Ship Fever (winner of the National Book Award), and other books. She teaches at Williams College and lives in northwestern Massachusetts.
Title:Widows ChildrenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:October 15, 1999Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0393319636

ISBN - 13:9780393319637


From Our Editors

Laura and her husband are going to Africa tomorrow. Tonight, they are attending a farewell dinner with three guests. The first is Laura’s daughter from her previous marriage. Next is Carlos, Laura’s flamboyant brother. And finally, Peter Rice is an editor whom Laura hasn’t seen for more than a year. The Widow’s Children is a gripping tale about a secret Laura is hiding.

Editorial Reviews

“It is the most elegant exploration I have read of the chaos of modern life…There is something marvelously honorable in Fox's work.” — Edith Milton (The Nation)

“A splendid novel…A work of marvelous design and subtle synchronization.” — Kirkus Reviews