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Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick
  

Foreign Bodies

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Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012.

Foreign Bodies is a dazzling and profound exploration of the human face of the central relationship in the last century: that between the old world and the new.

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Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick

Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012.

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 lassitude 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. Travelling from America to France, Bea leaves the stigma of divorce on the far side of the Atlantic; newly liberated, she chooses to defend her nephew and his girlfriend Lili by waging a war of letters on the brother she has promised to help. But Bea's generosity is a mixed blessing: those she tries to help seem to be harmed, and as Bea's family unravel from around her, she finds herself once again drawn to the husband she thought she had left in the past...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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'Such an absorbing achievement... Foreign Bodies is what [Henry] James would have called the real thing ' New York Times

About the Author

Cynthia Ozick

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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Publication date

1st April 2012

Author

Cynthia Ozick

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Publisher

Atlantic Books

Format

Paperback
272 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781848877368

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