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Fernanda Eberstadt (born 1960 in New York City) is an American writer.

Fernanda Eberstadt (born 1960 in New York City) is an American writer. Her paternal grandfather was Ferdinand Eberstadt, a Wall Street financier and adviser to presidents; her maternal grandfather was the poet Ogden Nash. One of her brothers, Nicholas Eberstadt, is a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

My name is Fernanda Eberstadt. I am a novelist and non-fiction writer. I’ve published five novels and one book of non-fiction, and many hundreds of articles for journals including The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Vogue, frieze, Vanity Fair, Architectural Digest, the TLS. Some of my running passions are art, political dissidence and religious prophecy, Russia, New York in the 60s and 70s. I’ve written about: The Hebrew Bible.

In The Furies, Fernanda Eberstadt brings all her gifts of insight, feeling, and storytelling to bear on passion and the balance of power in marriage

In The Furies, Fernanda Eberstadt brings all her gifts of insight, feeling, and storytelling to bear on passion and the balance of power in marriage. She tells the story of a courtship of opposites, of a blissful love A new novel - her largest and most ambitious - by the author of Low Tide, Isaac and His Devils, and When the Sons of Heaven Meet the Daughters of the Earth. She tells the story of a courtship of opposites, of a blissful love affair - and of how it turns into a marriage that helplessly self-destructs. The place is Manhattan in the boom of the 1990s. Gwen Lewis thinks her life is perfect. A new novel - her largest and most ambitious - by the author of Low Tide, Isaac and His Devils, and When the Sons of Heaven Meet the Daughters of the Earth. In The Furies, Fernanda Eberstadt brings all her gifts of insight, feeling, and storytelling to bear on passion and the balance of power in marriage.

The furies : a novel. by. Eberstadt, Fernanda, 1960-. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. org on August 5, 2010.

Fernanda Eberstadt brings all her gifts of insight, feeling, and storytelling to bear on passion and the balance of power in marriage.

A new novel - her largest and most ambitious - by the author of Low Tide, Isaac and His Devils, and When the Sons of Heaven Meet the Daughters of the Earth. A new novel her largest and most ambitious by the author ofLow Tide, Isaac and His Devils,andWhen the Sons of Heaven Meet the Daughters of the Earth. InThe Furies,Fernanda Eberstadt brings all her gifts of insight, feeling, and storytelling to bear on passion and the balance of power in marriage. She tells the story of a courtship of opposites, of a blissful love affair and of how it turns into a marriage that helplessly self-destructs.

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A new novel — her largest and most ambitious — by the author of Low Tide, Isaac and His Devils, andWhen the Sons of Heaven Meet the Daughters of the Earth. In The Furies, Fernanda Eberstadt brings all her gifts of insight, feeling, and storytelling to bear on passion and the balance of power in marriage. She tells the story of a courtship of opposites, of a blissful love affair — and of how it turns into a marriage that helplessly self-destructs.The place is Manhattan in the boom of the 1990s. Gwen Lewis thinks her life is perfect. She’s thirty, smart, high-achieving, single; she’s the director of an institute that’s helping post-Communist Russia democratize. She has family money, a condominium on the Upper West Side, and a suitable boyfriend, a banker.Then she meets Gideon Wolkowitz. Gideon is an impoverished puppeteer who works in an anarchist squat on the Lower East Side: an impecunious sweet-talking huckster, a messianic dreamer, a seventies socialist throwback, a secular Jew. Gwen and Gideon fall desperately in love. Their sex is epic. Their love seems like a gift from the gods — destined to heal all wounds. Each is the child of a broken home; each fills the other’s unsuspected aching emptiness. The lovers hole up in Gwen’s apartment, feasting on stolen nights of ecstasy and confession.Then Gwen gets pregnant and their romantic idyll is broken, and the angry ghosts of their ancestral pasts rise to claim them. Gwen is pulled into a Puritan devotion to work and motherhood that only a driven career woman or Massachusetts pilgrim could understand. Gideon, torn by his anger that Gwen has ended their sex life, by his native hatred of her “socialite” values and his love of the woman herself, begins to hear the call of shtetl ways and the synagogue. The reader watches helplessly as the divisive forces of money, worldly ambition, and self-will complete the shipwreck of Gwen and Gideon’s love.A novel that wholly engages us by the depth of its understanding and the power of its storytelling.

Comments: (4)

Iesha
I have one rule...when I start a book, I MUST finish it. After reading The Furies, I might re-examine this personal edict...

The book was a labor, AND not a labor of love.

Ms. Eberstadt does have a unique writing style...short and clipped and she does posses a remakable knowledge of history, especially literary history. The book is filled with lterary refrences in describing the charcters and or their respective emotions. But THAT is the problem...the charcters don't inform me what they are feeling, I had only a passing and or clinical sense of who these cardboard templates were. The only character for whom I felt I knew, through HER dialogue and reactions, was Constance, Gwens friend, a minor charcter at best.

As reader...I don't require action...if I did, I would only read "Thrillers"...(see a previous review I wrote for "Eight White Nights" by : Andre Aciman). I am willing to sit back and let the charcters "talk" to me through their authorship. I just had the sense that Gideons puppets had more depth, charcter and texture than Ms. Eberstadts protagonists. As a reader, I had absolutely nothing invested in these people, I didn't care one way or another how their lives turned out...in fact I found myself hoping something tragic would happen to them in order that they MIGHT develop some "spine" or "depth"...
Jieylau
This may be the only book i have ever given up on. I labored through the first 50 pages, skimmed the next 50 pages, and had to stop reading. Was unbearably boring. The writing style is very choppy and unpleasant to read.
Tto
I read this book in a matter of days, and it is so different from any book of have ever read thus far. I loved the epic love story, truly feeling connected with the two characters' need for each other. With the characters being so different, the cliche of opposites attracting really was believable. But my favorite parts of this book were with mother and child. I've not become a mother, but if any use of language can invoke the feeling of "knowing", Fernanda Eberstadt has captured it in her descriptions of the bond that begins in the womb, and never truly ends. Gwen's fear was my fear at the idea of a being eating you, living off of your life, your energy. But while it scared me, it made me yearn uncontrollably for that kind of intense, deep commitment to a soul, a being that would be part of me. And the other reviews of this book were right on. The ending, bittersweet, truly made the book a great piece of literature.
Samulkis
Probably the best book I've read all year. Beautiful prose, compelling story, left me in tears. Will definitely be checking out Eberstadt's other work.
The Furies download epub
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Author: Fernanda Eberstadt
ISBN: 0375412565
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: United States
Language: English
Publisher: Knopf; 1st edition (September 9, 2003)
Pages: 464 pages