Letty Fox by Christina Stead
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Love, lust, and commitment crash and scatter in this comedic masterpiece

From the stunning and provocative mind of Christina Stead comes the addictively blunt character of Letty Fox. Letty spins between New York City and London during her chaotic upbringing and entry into adulthood, which spans the Great Depression and the Second World War. She is determined to create a life for herself—one built upon equal parts work and play, men and sex—while her parents struggle with their own romantic entanglements. Frank and comedic like few characters before her (or since), Letty sets out to find a lasting, committed relationship amidst the buzz of Manhattan. With its vibrant characters and masterful voice, Letty Fox is a spirited coming-of-age story from one of the twentieth century’s essential novelists.

About Christina Stead

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Author Christina Stead was born in Rockdale, New South Wales, Australia on July 17, 1902. She left Australia in 1928 and spent time in Europe, England, and the United States before permanently returning in 1974. She wrote fifteen novels and numerous volumes of short stories. She is best known for her novel, The Man Who Loved Children, which was based on her childhood. Her novels were unpublished in Australia until 1965 and she was denied the Britannica-Australia award in 1967 on the grounds that she was no longer considered an Australian. In 1974, she won the Patrick White award. While living in the United States during the 1940s, she worked as a Hollywood scriptwriter and contributed to Madame Curie and They Were Expendable. She died on March 31, 1983.
Published October 23, 2012 by Open Road Media. 508 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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The New York Review of Books

“I don’t know what imagination is,” says Letty Fox, “if not an unpruned, tangled kind of memory.” Though the claim comes early on in this long book, and is made what’s more by one of the flightiest narrators fiction has ever produced, nevertheless the reader will immediately take it as confirmati...

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The New York Review of Books

No wonder [Stead’s] work has reminded many of Tolstoy, Ibsen, Joyce—any tag to signify that the reader is offered breadth of vision and honest depth of enjoyment, with neither sacrificed to the other…Her works bridge the gap between that humanistic preoccupation with character which the novel is ...

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