Foreign Bodies

Cynthia Ozick

RRP: £8.99

1 April 2012

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781848877368

RRP: £7.49

1 April 2012

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9780857895837

The collapse of her brief marriage has stalled Bea Nightingale’s life, leaving her middle-aged and alone, teaching in an impoverished borough of 1950s New York. A plea from her estranged brother gives Bea the excuse to escape lassitude by leaving for Paris to retrieve a nephew she barely knows; but the siren call of Europe threatens to deafen Bea to the dangers of entangling herself in the lives of her brother’s family.

By one of America’s great living writers, Foreign Bodies is a truly virtuosic novel. The story of Bea’s travails on the continent is a fierce and heartbreaking insight into the curious nature of love: how it can be commanded and abused; earned and cherished; or even lost altogether.


'It would be a mistake not to read this wonderful novel'
Sunday Telegraph

'Superb ... the relationship between ingénue raw America and elder, cultivated Europe makes [one] turn the pages, fascinated and absorbed.'
The Times

'Ozick is possessed of a voice distinctly her own... Foreign Bodies is a brilliantly mordant examination of displacement and inheritance'