Books by Fernanda Eberstadt

RAT by Fernanda Eberstadt
Released: April 2, 2010

"A mature, intelligent and unusually perceptive study of the paradoxes of belonging to others, and being oneself—Eberstadt's best novel yet. "
The travels of two intrepid youngsters become an unlikely journey to maturity in this engaging fifth novel from the London-based American author (The Furies, 2003 etc.). Read full book review >
Released: March 24, 2006

"Richly descriptive narrative shapes and reveals a collective soul that drives the gypsy musicians' natural virtuosity."
Stark, sensitive study of modern gypsies, who are as vibrantly resilient yet tragically vulnerable within Europe's welfare-powered gristmill of political indifference. Read full book review >
THE FURIES by Fernanda Eberstadt
Released: Sept. 12, 2003

"A bruising, punishing read: not to be missed."
Two lovers seemingly meant for each other plunge into a hellfire of contention, recrimination, and grief in Eberstadt's unsparing fourth novel (after When the Sons of Heaven Meet the Daughters of the Earth, 1997). Read full book review >
Released: March 12, 1997

An ambitious, intelligent portrait of the emergence of a gifted painter, and a sly, convincing depiction of the exotic fringes of the New York art scene. Isaac Hooker (introduced in Eberstadt's Isaac and His Devils, 1991) is, as the novel begins, a hapless if brilliant young man adrift in Manhattan, having fled New Hampshire (and his loyal girlfriend) to make something of himself. Gradually, he discovers an almost obsessive interest in painting, using his (at first) crude, urgent works to come to grips with the painful realities of his past. Eberstadt is particularly deft in catching the way in which art can take over one's life, overriding all other responsibilities, and in tracing the manner in which the troubled, reflective Isaac begins to think his way into what art means to him. Isaac, living hand to mouth, manages to talk his way into a part-time job with the glittering Aurora Foundation, known for its generosity in sponsoring highly idiosyncratic artists. He also swiftly becomes entwined with the sponsors of the Foundation, Dolly and Alfred Gebler. Dolly, an heiress, ``didn't believe in nickle- and-diming; she thought art could change the world.'' She handed her artists ``scads of unfettered money; she bought them space and time.'' And while she has always carefully kept herself somewhat removed from her artists, a benevolent but distant Lady Bountiful, she finds herself falling in love with the rough, bemused Isaac. Alfred watches first with disbelief, and then with increasing anger, as Dolly and Isaac become lovers. Eberstadt's portraits of the anxious New York avant garde, of painters and performance artists and would-be street poets, of mercenary dealers and edgy critics, is sharp and refreshingly tough-minded. Primarily, though, the novel is a study of the coming-of-age of a visionary painter, and as such it is both original and deeply persuasive. Read full book review >