A phenomenon

Paula Fox, who grew up in the U.S. and Cuba, reportedly has joined the ranks of American literary greats.

….Jonathan Franzen has, notoriously, ranked her above Roth, Bellow and Updike and others have compared her with Kafka, Chekhov and Flaubert….

Reading Fox can be gruelling. Even the novelist Zoë Heller, whose instant reaction to a mention of Fox is “she’s a great, great, great, great, great writer”, admits she can be “crucifyingly bleak” – though, “bleakness done by someone really good can be transcendent. And it is with her.”

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