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Author:  Cynthia Ozick
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0547435576
ISBN-13: 9780547435572
Sku: 214414703
Publish Date: 11/1/2010
Pages:  255
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For her sixth novel, Ozick set herself a brilliant challenge: to retell the story of Henry James''s "The Ambassadors"--the work he considered his best--but as a photographic negative, that is the plot is the same, the meaning is reversed.
Cynthia Ozick wrote her master's thesis on Henry James more than 50 years ago. Now an American master herself, Ozick pays tribute to James's late masterpiece THE AMBASSADORS with a ranging intercontinental novel about traversing emotional and geographic distance, and discovering the flow of tides from the Old World to the new, and back. Ozick hits every plot point from James's novel, in FOREIGN BODIES, but turns them inside out. She flips her central character's gender, and where Lambert Strether had a widowed fiancée, Bea Nightingale has an ex-husband. Where Strether discovers rural Southern France, Nightingale finds culture-saturated Los Angeles; where Strether's tangled journey leads to disenchantment, Ozick's Nightingale frees herself from manipulation. The result is a wonderful experimental turn, and books that talk to each other across a century. Selected by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2010.
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Cynthia Ozick
Cynthia Ozick is the daughter of a pharmacist. She received her B.A. from New York University and an M.A. from Ohio State (where she also taught English). She married and had a daughter, and returned to New York to write full time. All her fiction is deeply immersed in Jewish life and identity; Ozick is deeply interested in moral problems, as well as in the clash between feminism and traditional Jewish values.


"FOREIGN BODIES is a nimble, entertaining literary homage, but it is also, chillingly, what James would have called 'the real thing.'" - Thomas Mallon 11/21/2010

"[A] taut, sparkling novel...." 11/15/2010

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Product attributePublisher:   Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
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