The Coldest Winter by Paula Fox
The Coldest Winter
A Stringer in Liberated Europe
by Paula Fox
Description In 1946, Paula Fox walked up the gangplank of a partly reconverted Liberty with the classic American hope of finding experienceor perhaps salvationin Europe. She was twenty-two years old, and would spend the next year moving among the ruins of London, Warsaw, Paris, Prague, Madrid, and other cities as a stringer for a small British news service. In this lucid, affecting memoir, Fox describes her movements across Europes scrambled borders: unplanned trips to empty castles and ruined cathedrals, a stint in bombed-out Warsaw in the midst of the Communist election takeovers, and nights spent in apartments here and there with distant relatives, friends of friends, and in shabby pensions with little heat, each place echoing with the horrors of the war. A young woman alone, with neither a plan nor a reliable paycheck, Fox made her way with the rest of Europe as the continent rebuilt and rediscovered itself among the ruins. Long revered as a novelist, Fox won over a new generation of readers with her previous memoir, Borrowed Finery. Now, with The Coldest Winter, she recounts another chapter of a life seemingly filled with storiesa rare, unsentimental glimpse of the world as seen by a writer at the beginning of an illustrious career.