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Foreign Bodies

Foreign Bodies

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By (author) Cynthia Ozick

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  • Publisher: ATLANTIC BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 255 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 22mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1848877366
  • ISBN 13: 9781848877368
  • Sales rank: 89,451

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The collapse of her brief marriage has stalled Bea Nightingale's life, leaving her middle-aged and alone, teaching in an impoverished borough of 1950s New York. A plea from her estranged brother gives Bea the excuse to escape, by leaving for Paris to retrieve a nephew she barely knows; but the siren call of Europe threatens to deafen Bea to the dangers of entangling herself in the lives of her brother's family. By one of America's great living writers, Foreign Bodies is a truly virtuosic novel. The story of Bea's travails on the continent is a fierce and heartbreaking insight into the curious nature of love: how it can be commanded and abused; earned and cherished; or even lost altogether.

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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. She currently lives in New York.

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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.