Ozick's version of Jewish literature is more than Yiddish words and slapstick.
Ozick is, as her character Edelshtein would have known, of the generation of writers that produced Roth, Bellow, and the like. And yet, being a woman, a relatively late bloomer, and still prolific into her eighties, she has always felt like a writer apart, tied less to her contemporaries than her favored predecessors and influences, Kafka and James among them. Ozick has set out what she hoped to accomplish all along—-to become a timeless writer, one more attuned to the great writers of the past than the waves and trends of the present.
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