The Puttermesser Papers
By Cynthia Ozick
(Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780679777397, 256pp.)
Publication Date: June 30, 1998
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Puttermesser yearns for a daughter and promptly creates one, unassisted, in the form of the first recorded female golem. Laboring in the dusty crevices of the civil service, she dreams of reforming the city - and manages to get herself elected mayor. Puttermesser contemplates the afterlife and is hurtled into it headlong, only to discover that a paradise found is also paradise lost. Overflowing with ideas, lambent with wit, "The Puttermesser Papers" is a tour de force by one of our most visionary novelists.
"The finest achievement of Ozick's career... It has all the buoyant integrity of a Chagall painting." -"San Francisco Chronicle"
"Fanciful, poignant... so intelligent, so finely expressed that, like its main character, it remains endearing, edifying, a spark of light in the gloom." -"The New York Times"
"A crazy delight." -"The New York Time Book Review.