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The Widow's Children

(1976)
A novel by

 
"Chekhovian. . . . Every line of Fox's story, every gesture of her characters, is alive and surprising." - Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times

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, The Widow's Children is another revelation of the storyteller's art from the incomparable Paula Fox.

 
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Used availability for Paula Fox's The Widow's Children


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Hardback Editions

1976 : USA Hardback
Title: The Widow's Children
Author(s): Paula Fox
ISBN: 0-525-23377-6 / 978-0-525-23377-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dutton
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Paperback Editions

July 2008 : UK Paperback
Title: THE WIDOW'S CHILDREN
Author(s): Paula Fox
ISBN: 0-00-729141-8 / 978-0-00-729141-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Flamingo
Availability: Amazon UK   

June 2003 : UK Paperback
Title: The Widow's Children
Author(s): Paula Fox
ISBN: 0-00-715037-7 / 978-0-00-715037-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Flamingo
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

October 1999 : USA Paperback
Title: The Widow's Children: A Novel
Author(s): Paula Fox
ISBN: 0-393-31963-6 / 978-0-393-31963-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

September 1986 : USA Paperback
Title: The Widow's Children
Author(s): Paula Fox
ISBN: 0-86547-251-3 / 978-0-86547-251-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

January 1978 : USA Paperback
Title: The Widow' s Children
Author(s): Paula Fox
ISBN: 0-380-01791-1 / 978-0-380-01791-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Mass Market
Availability: Amazon   

Audio Editions

June 2013 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Widow's Children: A Novel
Author(s): Paula Fox
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

June 2012 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Widow's Children
Author(s): Paula Fox
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon UK   

June 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Widow's Children: A Novel
Author(s): Paula Fox
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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