Books by Cynthia Ozick

Acclaimed for her many works of fiction and criticism, Cynthia Ozick was a finalist for the National Book Award for her previous novel, The Puttermesser Papers, which was named one of the top ten books of the year by the New York Times Book Review, Publis

FOREIGN BODIES by Cynthia Ozick
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"This is superb, dazzling fiction. Ozick richly observes and lovingly crafts each character, and every sentence is a tribute to her masterful command of language."
An extraordinary novel, loosely based on The Ambassadors—but Ozick (Dictation, 2008, etc.) manages to out-James the master himself. Read full book review >
DICTATION by Cynthia Ozick
Released: April 16, 2008

"Playful, teasing, provocative fare from this most accomplished of ironists."
Deceptions and obsessions drive this elegant collection of four stories, three of which have been published in magazines. Read full book review >
THE DIN IN THE HEAD by Cynthia Ozick
Released: June 2, 2006

"Erudition lightly worn, eloquence finely crafted."
A veteran novelist (Heir to the Glimmering World, 2004, etc.) and essayist (Quarrel and Quandary: Essays, 2000, etc.) expatiates on the lives and works of literary figures as diverse as Helen Keller and Isaac Babel, Sylvia Plath and Azar Nafisi. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Perhaps the fullest fictional treatment yet of the European intellectual's flight from Hitler's Germany—to safety, and, ironically, to inconsequence—in America. One of Ozick's most interesting and challenging books."
A family of German Jewish refugees, the orphaned girl who becomes their servant, and the troubled son of a children's author coexist uneasily in Ozick's fifth novel (The Puttermesser Papers, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 13, 2000

"Ozick is perceptive as usual, but these often seem like old war-horses revisiting familiar battlefields."
Ozick's new collection of essays from such magazines as The New Republic andThe American Scholar thoughtfully explores the delicately calibrated and often adversarial tensions that affect the relation between art and politics. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 1998 by Cynthia Ozick
Released: Oct. 30, 1998

"For an angrier, more confessional, or more reportorial mix, we—ve been put on hold."
August writers and intimations of mortality mark this year's fine collection in this annual series. Read full book review >
Released: June 12, 1997

From the author of The Messiah of Stockholm (1987), and other highly praised novels, a gathering of previously published stories and their newer counterparts, comprising a fictional biography of the remarkable character whom it's tempting to proclaim Ozick's alter ego. Read full book review >
FAME AND FOLLY by Cynthia Ozick
Released: May 3, 1996

"The protean self-portraiture suggested here is at least as interesting as Ozick's critical votes."
No trace of stingy critical minimalism can be found in Ozick's heated new essay collection. Read full book review >
THE SHAWL by Cynthia Ozick
Released: Sept. 14, 1989

"Both were first-prize winners in O. Henry Prize Stories collections (1981 and 1984), and both also appeared in Best American Short Stories."
Two well-known—and particularly fine—stories by Ozick, now brought together in a single volume: "The Shawl" (a "stark, chillingly deliberate story of mother-child annihilation in a Nazi death camp": Kirkus) and "Rosa" ("a breathtaking story of a Holocaust survivor's justifiably mad life in vulgar yet touching Miami Beach": Kirkus). Read full book review >
METAPHOR AND MEMORY: Essays by Cynthia Ozick
Released: April 13, 1989

"Stimulating forays into an original mind; but many, with just cause, will find these essays a frustrating exercise in hermeticism."
Thirty polished but thorny essays, most of which have appeared in Harper's, the New York Times Book Review, and the New Yorker. Read full book review >
Released: March 10, 1987

"Challenging but twitchy work by one of our most remarkable stylists."
The idea behind Ozick's short allegory is electric, arcing across the spaces between literature and salvation—but at such curt length, and so jammed, that the execution is staticky. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 1983

"Ozick is so extraordinary a writer that more of her prose is always welcome; but though The Cannibal Galaxy is noteworthy, powerful fiction, 'The Laughter of Akiva'—less vengeful and moralizing—remains the superior, richer story."
Here Ozick has redone her finely balanced, intellectually rigorous, implication-thick story, "The Laughter of Akiva"—which appeared in The New Yorker but was withdrawn at the last moment from her last book, Levitation: Five Fictions. Read full book review >
ART AND ARDOR by Cynthia Ozick
Released: May 17, 1983

"In sum: a discomforting challenge—to Jews, to writers, to Jewish writers, to anyone concerned with 'culture'—and a masterful, significant book."
This new collection of essays by novelist Ozick offers a staggering array of fierce attractions: a style that combines light grace, virility, and profundity; literary analysis of measured brilliance; a lack of all timidity in asserting difficult beliefs; and—most specifically—her stiff-necked, powerful notion of Jewish covenantal "ardor." Read full book review >
LEVITATION by Cynthia Ozick
Released: Jan. 12, 1980

Of the five fictions here, only one commands, by breadth and pacing, great attention; yet all must be said to fairly drum with Ozick's insistent and constant theme: tradition. Read full book review >
Released: April 8, 1976

"An extraordinary talent which one hopes will not be smothered by its own intricacy and elegance."
Four designated "fictions" follow Ozick's exploratory preface which illuminates the creative process and product. Read full book review >
Released: April 28, 1971

"Miss Ozick writes with the cutcrystal precision of Singer and the scouring tragic-ironic strengths of Malamud — exceptional stories all."
A fresh and remarkable talent, evidenced in her novel Trust (1966) is here displayed in a group of short stories in which Miss Ozick softens the boundaries of irony while never scanting the ethical reference and reality that gave rise to it. Read full book review >
TRUST by Cynthia Ozick
Released: May 31, 1966

"But all the density of the author's hard, heady style should be absorbed, for from it come particular images and a total impression that simply do not let go."
The protagonist of this astounding first novel— the "I" unnamed, the "observer from the ledge of the world," is a girl who finds out one summer who she is and from what past experiences she came. Read full book review >