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Desperate Characters

(1970)
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Otto and Sophie Bentwood live childless in a renovated Brooklyn brownstone. The complete works of Goethe line their bookshelf, their stainless-steel kitchen is newly installed, and their Mercedes is parked curbside. But after Sophie is bitten on the hand while trying to feed a half-starved neighborhood cat, a series of small and ominous disasters begin to plague their lives. The fault lines of their marriage are revealed - echoing the fractures of society around them, slowly 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.

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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


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Hardback Editions

October 1970 : UK Hardback
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Title: Desperate Characters
Author(s): Paula Fox
ISBN: 0-333-12072-8 / 978-0-333-12072-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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1970 : USA Hardback
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Title: Desperate Characters
Author(s): Fox Paula
ISBN: 0-15-125305-6 / 978-0-15-125305-0 (USA edition)
Publisher:
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Paperback Editions

March 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: Desperate Characters
Author(s): Paula Fox
ISBN: 0-393-35110-6 / 978-0-393-35110-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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June 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Desperate Characters
Author(s): Paula Fox
ISBN: 0-00-715038-5 / 978-0-00-715038-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Flamingo
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May 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: Desperate Characters: A Novel (Norton Paperback Fiction)
Author(s): Paula Fox
ISBN: 0-393-31894-X / 978-0-393-31894-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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September 1983 : USA Paperback
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Title: Desperate Characters: A Novel
Author(s): Paula Fox
ISBN: 0-87923-309-5 / 978-0-87923-309-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: David R Godine Pub
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Kindle Editions

June 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Desperate Characters
Author(s): Paula Fox
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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May 1999 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Desperate Characters
Author(s): Paula Fox
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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