Levitation: Five Fictions Paperback – Aug 1 1995
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The title story, "Levitation," is about two writers, married to each other, who vow never to write about writers ("the forbidden act") or write about NYC ("the forbidden city"). A wonderful irony in itself. At a cocktail party they've thrown, Jewish guests levitate in the air; everyone else remains grounded, including the main character, who, up until that point, considered herself a convert to the faith. All of these stories are stories of ideas: the characters don't chatter mindlessly; rather, they possess, unlike many other literary characters, a high degree of self-awareness.
What really shines in this book, though, is Ozick's love of L-A-N-G-U-A-G-E. You'll find no minimalism here. Like James and Nabokov, Ozick is dead-set on compressing as much detail as possible into a single sentence. The result is a narrative style of such elegance and originality, you'll be compelled to read these fictions allowed.