Letty Fox: Her Luck

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New York Review of Books, 2001 - Fiction - 602 pages
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One hot night last spring, after waiting fruitlessly for a call from my then lover, with whom I had quarreled the same afternoon, and finding one of my black moods upon me, I flung out of my lonely room on the ninth floor (unlucky number) in a hotel in lower Fifth Avenue and rushed into the streets of the Village, feeling bad.

So begins Letty Fox's own story, a comic extravaganza in which she tells about the crazy circus of her early life; about her moping mother, absent father, and two impossible sisters; about work and play, sex and men, and the seemingly unending search for a lasting relationship. This vast Flemish canvas of a novel, full of strikingly realistic likenesses and unforgettable grotesques, is a major work by one of the outstanding novelists of the twentieth century.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
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WITH THE OTHERS
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ON MY OWN
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About the author (2001)

Christina Stead (1902-1983) was born in Australia but lived for many years in London and New York, which she took as the settings for her major novels. She worked in banks and as a screenwriter while writing the acclaimed novels, The Man Who Loved Children, A House of All Nations, and Letty Fox: Her Luck. She returned to Australia in the early 1970s and lived there for the rest of her life.

Tim Parks, a novelist, essayist, and translator, is Associate Professor of Literature and Translation at IULM University in Milan. His most recent novel is Dreams of Rivers and Seas.

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