Desperate Characters

Desperate Characters

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Otto and Sophie Bentwood live in a changing neighborhood in Brooklyn. Their stainless steel sink is new, their Mercedes is parked at the curb. But when Sophie is bitten by a possibly rabies-infected stray cat, a series of disasters begin to plague the Brentwoods' lives, revealing the fault lines in a marriage--and a society--wrenching itself apart.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York :, W.W. Norton & Company,, [2015?]
ISBN: 9780393351101
Branch Call Number: FIC FOX
Characteristics: 190 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Franzen, Jonathan


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Oct 13, 2019

Its been a long time since I have read a novel by Paula Fox and I wasn’t caught up in the story. A couple who are in a moldering marriage live in Brooklyn in a home they own. It begins with the wife being bitten by a cat and the bite is painful. Throughout the who story, I kept wanting her to cut to the chase and get to the doctor to check it out. What I liked about the book was the sense of place the Fox gave. It was so easy to form a mental picture of Otto and Sophie. Perhaps part of my problem in the book is that it hits too close to home, and the basically boring relationship between husband and wife is far too common.

Dec 22, 2014

Championed by Franzen, this classic novel is to the 1960s what "Revolutionary Road" was to the 1950s. Beset by a series of mishaps, the fractures in the relationship of the couple about whom the story is about reflect the forebodings of middle class society about their time. Fox certainly can write.


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Aug 23, 2019

It was going to be a bad gray day; the ashy light in the room was already irritating, like a not of music sustained too long.


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