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Foreign Bodies Paperback – 1 Apr 2012

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; Main edition (1 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848877366
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848877368
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 565,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It would be a mistake not to read this wonderful novel. --Sunday Telegraph

Superb ... the relationship between ingenue raw America and elder, cultivated Europe makes [one] turn the pages, fascinated and absorbed. --The Times

Ozick is possessed of a voice distinctly her own... Foreign Bodies is a brilliantly mordant examination of displacement and inheritance. --Guardian

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An absorbing achievement . . . A nimble, entertaining literary homage, but it is also, chillingly, what James would have called the real thing. New York Times Book Review

Cynthia Ozick is a literary treasure. In her sixth novel, she retraces Henry James s The Ambassadors and delivers a brilliant, utterly new American classic.

At the center of the story is Bea Nightingale, a fiftyish divorced schoolteacher whose life has been on hold during the many years since her brief marriage. When her estranged, difficult brother asks her to travel to Europe to retrieve a nephew she barely knows, she becomes entangled in the lives of his family. Over the course of a few months she travels from New York to Paris to Hollywood, aiding and abetting her nephew and niece while waging a war of letters with her brother, and finally facing her ex-husband to shake off his lingering sneers from decades past. As she inadvertently wreaks havoc in their lives, every one of them is irrevocably changed.
Raucous, funny, ferocious, and tragic. A literary master, as James was, Ozick makes all those qualities fit together seamlessly, and with heartbreaking effect. Philadelphia Inquirer
Dazzling, even masterful. Entertainment Weekly
Cynthia Ozick is the author of numerous acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction. She is a recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Man Booker International Prize. Her stories have won four O. Henry first prizes.
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