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Dwight GarnerIphigenia in Forest Hills casts, from its first pages, a genuine spell—the kind of spell to which Ms. Malcolm's admirers (and I am one) have become addicted. It is possible to remark that this is not among her very best books and yet observe that it delivers an extraordinary amount of pleasure. Ms. Malcolm's books have wintry atmospheres—both intellectual and aesthetic—that derive partly from the way she takes facts and attaches them, like someone hanging tea-light candles from high rafters, to mythology and classic literature, mostly Russian. The new book takes place in modern-day New York, but in Ms. Malcolm's telling it might as well be Leningrad in 1952.
—The New York Times