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Jun 30, 1998
| ISBN 9780679777397
Apr 13, 2021
| ISBN 9780593313190
Jan 10, 2023
| 420 Minutes
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Jun 30, 1998 | ISBN 9780679777397
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Jan 10, 2023 | ISBN 9780593610978
With dashing originality and in prose that sings like an entire choir of sirens, Cynthia Ozick relates the life and times of her most compelling fictional creation. Ruth Puttermesser lives in New York City. Her learning is monumental. Her love life is minimal (she prefers pouring through Plato to romping with married Morris Rappoport). And her fantasies have a disconcerting tendency to come true – with disastrous consequences for what we laughably call "reality."Puttermesser yearns for a daughter and promptly creates one, unassisted, in the form of the first recorded female golem. Laboring in the dusty crevices of the civil service, she dreams of reforming the city – and manages to get herself elected mayor. Puttermesser contemplates the afterlife and is hurtled into it headlong, only to discover that a paradise found is also paradise lost. Overflowing with ideas, lambent with wit, The Puttermesser Papers is a tour de force by one of our most visionary novelists. "The finest achievement of Ozick’s career… It has all the buoyant integrity of a Chagall painting." –San Francisco Chronicle"Fanciful, poignant… so intelligent, so finely expressed that, like its main character, it remains endearing, edifying, a spark of light in the gloom." –The New York Times"A crazy delight." –The New York Time Book Review
Yearning for a life of the mind, Ruth Puttermesser finds herself mired in the lowest circles of city bureaucracy. Her love life hopeless, her fantasies more influential than wan reality, she nevertheless turns out to be the best mayor New York City has ever elected. Soon enough, though, paradise gained becomes paradise lost, and–even for a wistful visionary like Puttermesser–the problem of disappointment remains unresolved.
CYNTHIA OZICK, a recipient of a Lannan Literary Award for fiction and a National Book Critics Circle winner for essays, is the author of Trust, The Messiah of Stockholm, The Shawl, and The Puttermesser Papers, and many others. She lives in New York.
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