LETTY FOX: HER LUCK by Christina Stead

LETTY FOX: HER LUCK

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Best known for The Man Who Loved Children, Stead (1920–83) draws on the two central biographical facts of her life for this apparently amoral tale of modern play, work, and sex, first published in 1946: her sad childhood in Australia and her later life among the New York intellectual crowd. In his introduction, Tim Parks argues for the admirable exuberance of Stead’s admittedly flighty narrator. But Kirkus was less sympathetic. Though we considered it “very modern and slightly racy”—with fine “digs” at then-fashionable life in New York City—we found its plot “slight,” despite its sheer volume. Perhaps a bit old-fashioned, Kirkus worried that Letty’s apparent immorality might adversely influence “impressionable girls.” Yes, there are “occasional flashes of good writing” and “bits of bitter humor,” but Stead’s sixth novel is “definitely fluff.”

Pub Date: April 19th, 2001
ISBN: 0-940322-70-6
Page count: 610pp
Publisher: New York Review Books
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2001




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