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Book review: 'Foreign Bodies' by Cynthia Ozick
Book review: 'Foreign Bodies' by Cynthia Ozick

Foreign Bodies A Novel Cynthia Ozick Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 256 pp., $26 Cynthia Ozick's sixth novel, "Foreign Bodies," is a piece of literary sleight of hand: It is modeled on Henry James' 1903 novel, "The Ambassadors," the story of an American who travels to Paris in pursuit of his patron's wayward son only to find himself enthralled by the city's sophistication. "Foreign Bodies," though, is neither homage nor update; it is instead a counterpoint. Ozick may consider James an inspiration — she has invoked him often, in both her essays and her fiction — but this novel is a mirror image, James' story turned around. ...

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