Heir to the Glimmering World by Cynthia Ozick
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Cynthia Ozick has been known for decades as one of America's most gifted and extraordinary storytellers; her remarkable new novel has established her as one of the most entertaining as well.
Set in the New York of the 1930s, Heir to the Glimmering World is a spellbinding, richly plotted novel brimming with intriguing characters. Orphaned at eighteen, with few possessions, Rose Meadows finds steady employment with the Mitwisser clan. Recently arrived from Berlin, the Mitwissers rely on the auspices of a generous benefactor, James A'Bair, the discontented heir to a fortune his father, a famous childen's author, made from a series of books called The Bear Boy. Against the vivid backdrop of a world in tumult, Rose learns the refugee family's secrets as she watches their fortunes rise and fall in Ozick's wholly engrossing novel.
 

About Cynthia Ozick

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Cynthia Ozick is the author of numerous acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction. She is a recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Man Booker International prize. Her stories have won four O. Henry first prizes, and Ozick was recently awarded the 2008 Pen/Nabokov Award and the 2008 Pen/Malamud Award. She lives in New York.
 
Published September 1, 2005 by Mariner Books. 332 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Rose also discovers the connection between the Mitwissers and chronic itinerant James A’bair, whose own narrative discloses the commercial success of his father’s beloved creation the “Bear Boy,” his lifelong attempts to escape the prisons of family fame and wealth, and his serendipitous acquaint...

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a sober bourgeois stuck in an ''oceanic library of negation and mutiny,'' of ''fevered and forgotten'' schismatics and ''their creeds and codes and calendars, their migrations and mutations,'' who claims in his mania to have uncovered ''the labyrinth of renunciation from abyss to abyss, until in ...

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In Cynthia Ozick's novel of ideas, a German refugee studies Jewish heretics who reject Talmudic scholarship.

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In Cynthia Ozick's novel of ideas, a German refugee studies Jewish heretics who reject Talmudic scholarship.

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Mrs. Mitwisser especially chafes against the family's precarious, degrading status as "parasites," erratically supported by the unbalanced millionaire son and heir of an author of popular children's books who is fascinated by Mr. Mitwisser's research.

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Book Reporter

While she plays many different roles for the different family members --- nurse, maid, secretary, nemesis --- Rosie connects with none of the Mitwissers and remains alone in the crowded house, an observer of its domestic politics, but rarely a participant.

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Entertainment Weekly

In Ozick's lovely, smart, and muddled sixth novel,Heir to the Glimmering World, Rose, an 18-year-old bookworm in Albany, N.Y., takes a job with the Mitwissers, a mysterious family of German refugees who just barely escaped the Nazis.

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USA Today

Her intriguing novel is set in New York during the Depression and deals with the clash of American and European cultures.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Merle Rubin San Francisco Chronicle 3.5 of 5 Stars "Heir to the Glimmering World is about what happens when different worlds collide, when Old Europe meets the New World and the oppressed and privileged bump up against each other.

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ReadySteadyBook

It would be an over-simplification to describe Cynthia Ozick’s elegant new novel as a Jane Eyre narrative relocated to Depression-era New York but not an inaccuracy.

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