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Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick.. Turn Henry James upside down and empty his pockets; you may get something like this reënvisioning of the Jamesian world. Keen observations and some complicated characters make this a wry, adroit homage.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"This is vintage Ozick; she is, perhaps, our most classical contemporary novelist, with a strong sense of literary heritage.."

The LA Times

"What makes this novel such an absorbing achievement is not so much its slanted replications of the story line of “The Ambassadors” (probably the least crucial component of the later James) but the witty, fierce way in which it goes about upending the whole theme and meaning and stylistic manner of its revered precursor.."

The NY Times

Author bio: Known primarily for her short stories and novellas, Cynthia Ozick is one of the most celebrated Jewish- American writers of the century. She was born in New York, New York, on April 17, 1928. Her mother, born in the town of Hlusk, in the province of Minsk, Belarus, had escaped persecution of Jews there at age nine. Her father was also from Russia. Her parents owned the Park View Pharmacy, where she worked delivering prescriptions. In 1930, the family moved to what was then a rural area in Pelham Bay in the Bronx. More information can be found here: http://www.enotes.com/pagan-rabbi/author-biography

Book Details: General Fiction; (255 pp. cf The Ambassadors: Kindle/Print editions)

Publisher Website: 9780547435572

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