THE SHAWL by Cynthia Ozick (Alfred A. Knopf: $12.95; 56 pp.)

" 'The Shawl' is brilliant, moving and chilling. . . . To build any language out of this inability to articulate seems impossible; yet, Ozick does it such a way that we, as readers, share the characters' powerlessness to give words to their innermost experiences and, therefore, are forced to relive them."

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