Books by Penelope Fitzgerald

THE AFTERLIFE by Penelope Fitzgerald
Released: Nov. 15, 2003

"Her sidelong journeys through the stalls and stacks, pointing out treasures and private passions, will delight those Virginia Woolf honored with the designation 'the common reader,' who are, of course, none-too-common these days."
Though Fitzgerald, who died in 2000, was surely a writer for her time, the English novelist and essayist (The Means of Escape, 2000, etc.) seemed most at home wandering through libraries devoted to late Victorian and Edwardian writers, many now forgotten. Read full book review >
THE MEANS OF ESCAPE by Penelope Fitzgerald
Released: Oct. 19, 2000

"Everything that Fitzgerald touches here, large or small, turns quietly to gold."
From the late, illustrious Fitzgerald (The Blue Flower, The Bookshop, both 1997, etc.), a volume of stories that will disappoint the great novelist's readers only by the fact of its being so slender. Read full book review >
THE BOOKSHOP by Penelope Fitzgerald
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Pitch-perfect in every tone, note, and detail: unflinching, humane, and wonderful."
On the heels of The Blue Flower (1997), here's a slighter, equally charming, half as deep little novel—about snobbery and meanness in the provinces—that the immensely gifted Fitzgerald published in England in 1978. Read full book review >
THE BLUE FLOWER by Penelope Fitzgerald
Released: April 15, 1997

"A historical novel that's touching, funny, unflinchingly tragic, and at the same time uncompromising in its accuracy, learning and detail: a book that brings its subject entirely alive, almost nothing seeming beyond its grasp."
The German poet Novalis (1772-1801) was really Friedrich Leopold von Hardenberg and Fitzgerald (The Gates of Angels, 1992; Offshore, 1987, etc.) here re-creates him, his family, his doomed young lover Sophie von Kühn, and Sophie's huge family—not to mention the era all of them lived in—in the most human-sized and yet intellectually capacious narrative a reader could wish for. Read full book review >
THE GATE OF ANGELS by Penelope Fitzgerald
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"A not-too-serious postmodern and feminine riposte to collegiate misogyny and some of E.M. Forster."
The entertaining latest from Fitzgerald (The Beginning of Spring, 1989, etc.)—as much a story of love in Edwardian England as a gentle but witty sendup of the genre and the age. Read full book review >

Prolific Fitzgerald (Innocence; Offshore; etc.) tackles different cultures with the same sort of intensity that Meryl Streep masters foreign accents—and with similar results: admirable and polished performances that are always just a trifle self-aware. Read full book review >