Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 256 p.
From the Publisher
With dashing originality and in prose that sings like an entire
choir of sirens, Cynthia Ozick relates the life and times of her
most compelling fictional creation. Ruth Puttermesser lives in New
York City. Her learning is monumental. Her love life is minimal
(she prefers pouring through Plato to romping with married Morris
Rappoport). And her fantasies have a disconcerting tendency to come
true - with disastrous consequences for what we laughably call
Puttermesser yearns for a daughter and promptly creates one,
unassisted, in the form of the first recorded female golem.
Laboring in the dusty crevices of the civil service, she dreams of
reforming the city - and manages to get herself elected mayor.
Puttermesser contemplates the afterlife and is hurtled into it
headlong, only to discover that a paradise found is also paradise
lost. Overflowing with ideas, lambent with wit, The
Puttermesser Papers is a tour de force by one of our most
"The finest achievement of Ozick''s career... It has all the
buoyant integrity of a Chagall painting." -San Francisco
"Fanciful, poignant... so intelligent, so finely expressed that,
like its main character, it remains endearing, edifying, a spark of
light in the gloom." -The New York Times
"A crazy delight." -The New York Time Book Review