What I learned from Joan Acocella’s review of Paula Fox’s News from the World: Stories and Essays in the New Yorker:
- She is the author of six critically acclaimed novels, all of which were out of print until the mid-90s.
- She is the daughter of an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter and a nineteen-year-old Cuban-American woman
- She wrote the Newbery Award-winning novel The Slave Dancer, which I read in eighth grade, along with 22 other YA novels.
- She experienced a significant literary revival after being praised by Jonathan Franzen in “Perchance to Dream,” a landmark essay on realism versus postmodernism.
- She is the grandmother of Courtney Love.