Foreign Bodies

Paperback | October 2, 2013

byCynthia Ozick

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An absorbing achievement .º.º. 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

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An absorbing achievement .º.º. 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 fifty...

Author of numerous acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction, CYNTHIA OZICK is a recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Man Booker International Prize. Her writing has appeared in The New Republic , Harper's , and elsewhere. She lives in New York.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.63 inPublished:October 2, 2013Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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1 July 23, 1952 Dear Marvin,  Well, I’m back. London was all right, Paris was terrible, and I never made it down to Rome. They say it’s the hottest summer they’ve had since before the war. And except for the weather, I’m afraid there’s not much else to report. The address you gave me—Julian left there about a week ago. It seems I just missed him by a few days. You wouldn’t have approved, a rooming house in a rundown neighborhood way out toward the edge of the city. I did the best I could to track him down—tried all the places you said he might be working at. His landlady when I inquired turned out to be a pure blank. All she had to offer was an inkling of a girlfriend. He took everything with him, apparently not much.  I’m returning your check. From the looks of where your son was living, he could certainly have used the $500. Sorry I couldn’t help more. I hope you and (especially) Margaret are well.  Yours,  Beatrice