These are stories that Ozick published in the late 1960's and 1971. Despite the early date of composition, one can clearly see her brilliance in her writing style. Her ability to string words together in a line, on a page, makes her one of the finest articulationists in business today.
In particular, Ozick focuses on man's relationship to the spiritual world. And also, the manner in which these two worlds interact with each other. Often people seem to forget, that men and women who have a spiritual calling are also, just men and women. In addition it is sometimes forgotten; that regular men and women, sometimes may be very spiritual.
But that too is a subject for Ozick in her book, the difference between men and women, or in particular, the manner in which the world reacts to them. She examines this in interesting detail in her story "Virility." And within her story "The Doctor's Wife" she reveals a perfectly exquisite line "... that the worthlessness of everything was just what gave everything its worth" creates a unique perspective for the reader. It is interesting to consider life as being worthless, particularly in an existential manner, but can one also see, this very existential worthlessness truly imparts worth, not only denigrates that which seems to have none.
As always, the brilliance of Ozick's compositional ability cannot be ignored. This book is recommended for all who find beauty in the written word, when portrayed with such elegance.