Desperate Characters

Desperate Characters

Paula Fox


"A towering landmark of postwar Realism. . . . A sustained paintings of prose so lucid and high quality it kind of feels much less written than carved." ― David Foster Wallace

Otto and Sophie Bentwood stay in a altering local in Brooklyn. Their stainless steel kitchen is newly put in, and their Mercedes is parked curbside. After Sophie is bitten at the hand whereas attempting to feed a stray, possibly rabies-infected cat, a chain of small and ominous failures start to plague the Bentwoods' lives, revealing the fault strains and fractures in a marriage―and a society―wrenching itself apart.

First released in 1970 to extensive acclaim, Desperate Characters stands as the most marvelous and rigorous examples of the storyteller's craft in postwar American literature ― a unique that, in accordance with Irving Howe, ranks with "Billy Budd, the nice Gatsby, leave out Lonelyhearts, and Seize the Day."

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