Paula Fox, a prizewinning author who created high art out of imagined chaos in such novels as "Poor George" and "Desperate Characters" and out of real-life upheavals in her memoir, "Borrowed Finery," has died at 93.
Her daughter, Linda Carroll, said Fox died Wednesday at Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. She had been in failing health.
Abandoned as a girl by her parents, a single mother before age 20, Fox used the most finely crafted prose to write again and again about breakdown and disruption, what happens under the "surface of things."
In "Poor George," her debut novel, Fox told of a bored school teacher and the teen...