The Week (US)



by Cynthia Ozick

At 93, Cynthia Ozick remains “a writer of wild and daunting imaginatio­n,” said Cathleen Schine in

The New York Review of Books. The narrator of her new novel is an elderly lawyer who’s writing a short memoir in 1949 about his boarding-school days. Given his WASP-ish blinkers, he seems ripe for satire. But Lloyd Petrie turns out to be “one of the richest and most personal of Ozick’s characters,” and as he reveals his inner complicati­ons, “her prose urges the breathless reader along.”

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