Ruth Puttermesser lives in New York. Her learning is monumental; her love life is minimal. And her most idle fantasies have a disconcerting tendency to come true. She years for a daughter and promptly creates one, unassisted, in the form of the first recorded female golem. She also manages to get herself elected mayor. Puttermesser contemplates the afterlife and is hurtled into it headlong, only to discover that paradise found is also paradise lost.
Overflowing with ideas, lambent with wit, this novel is a tour de force by one of America's most visionary novelists.