Heir to the Glimmering World

Heir to the Glimmering World


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Heir to the Glimmering World by Cynthia Ozick, James Jenner, Julie Dretzin

In Heir to the Glimmering World, Cynthia Ozick pays homage to the most beloved writers of the nineteenth century — Charles Dickens, the Brontës, George Eliot — in a story set on the outskirts of the Bronx in the 1930s. Here lives the oversized Mitwisser clan, German refugees who survive at the whim of their vagabond benefactor, James A'bair. James is heir to the fortune amassed by his father, the author of a wildly popular series of children's books called The Bear Boy. Wayward, feckless, with money to burn, James has taken up the eccentric Mitwissers — scholarly patriarch, invalid wife, and five scrappy children — as his latest caprice.

Into this chaotic household enters Rose Meadows, orphaned at age eighteen. Rosie quickly becomes indispensable as assistant to Professor Mitwisser in his research on an arcane Jewish sect and then, inevitably, as general nursemaid, nanny, and companion to the entire family. Her sole inheritance is a book: the first title in the Bear Boy series. When the actual Bear Boy appears on the Mitwisser doorstep, Rosie must resist the pull of his reckless orbit as she pursues her own desires.

Heir to the Glimmering World is a delight to read, a novel of great character, wit, and style. It lovingly evokes Depression-era New York from the perspective of perpetual outsiders, brought together by coincidence and fate. The hard times they inherit still hold glimmers of past wonders and future dreams.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419339165
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 05/19/2005

About the Author

Author of numerous acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction, CYNTHIA OZICK is a recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Man Booker International Prize. Her writing has appeared in The New Republic, Harper's, and elsewhere. She lives in New York.

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Heir to the Glimmering World 2.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Novels serve the reader in more ways than one. They may entertain and divert. They may amuse or excite. This recent work by Cynthia Ozick delivers in all these ways, but, more important, it is also informative and challenging. Her characters do not appear in other books and they are not stereotypes. Instead, they represent in their own ways, a search, often apparently misdirected for a mission and a meaning. They struggle for self mastery against overwhelming forces. Their adventures and conflicts commend our attention and our sympathy. Not every reader will have the patience and the curiosity ro handle this book, but those who do so will be rewarded for their effort. Ozick is a keen critic of our culture and a truly beautiful mind.
mrggpg More than 1 year ago
Was different from what I usually read but kept my attention.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A thoroughly depressing book. The characters were not believable. The 'home life' was not a pleasant atmosphere in which to raise 4 children.