Borrowed Finery

A Memoir

Paula Fox

Picador

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Born in the 1920s to nomadic, bohemian parents, Paula Fox is left at birth in a Manhattan orphanage, then cared for by a poor yet cultivated minister in upstate New York. Her parents, however, soon resurface. Her handsome father is a hard-drinking screenwriter who is, for young Paula, "part ally, part betrayer." Her mother is given to icy bursts of temper that punctuate a deep indifference. Never sharing more than a few moments with his daughter, Fox's father allows her to be shuttled from New York City, where she lives with her passive Spanish grandmother, to Cuba, where she roams freely on a relative's sugarcane plantation, to California, where she finds herself cast upon Hollywood's seedy margins. The thread binding these wanderings is the "borrowed finery" of the title of this astonishing memoir of one writer's unusual beginnings, which was instantly recognized as a modern classic.

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"Pointillist in detail, lapidary in method and brutal in effect...an eloquent, disturbing memoir."--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"Original and elegant...A celebration of resilience—both of character and of the memoir form."--Sandra Scofield, Chicago Tribune

"Restrained yet unsparing...Fox is an accomplished writer, with a gift for penetrating to the heart of complex feelings and complicated situations."--Merle Rubin, Los Angeles Times

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Paula Fox

Paula Fox is the author of the memoir The Coldest Winter (Henry Holt, 2005), five novels, and a Newberry Award-winning children's book. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Borrowed Finery
A Memoir
Paula Fox

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National Book Critics Circle Awards - Nominee, PEN Literary Award - Winner

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
November 2005
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312425197
ISBN10: 0312425198
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 224 pages
$17.00

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Henry Holt and Co.
July 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466850149
ISBN10: 1466850140
224 pages
$7.99
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