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Desperate Characters

(1970)
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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 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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Used availability for Paula Fox's Desperate Characters


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Hardback Editions

October 1970 : UK Hardback
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
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
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
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
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
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
Title: Desperate Characters
Author(s): Paula Fox
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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May 1999 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Desperate Characters
Author(s): Paula Fox
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA