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Titolo: The Furies
Casa editrice: Alfred A. Knopf, New York
Data di pubblicazione: 2007
Condizione libro:As New
Condizione sovraccoperta: As New
autografato: Signed by Author(s)
Edizione: 1st Edition
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. 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.
Fernanda Eberstadt's novel is luminous --- not in its magic, although it is
magical, but in its reality: she pecks the eggshell from inside and out. The
book is full of surprises --- and then I had the delight of discovering that
they weren't surprises at all. Everything she writes proves true. She also
happens to write with nearly unbearable honesty about womanhood; the passion and
astonishment of motherhood; the distance that separates women from everything
and everything else."
-- Susanna Moore
“An amazing, fiercely erotic novel, with stretches that are more gripping than anything I’ve read since The Corrections. No other writer has captured our recent American past — the 90’s boom years — so vividly or with such detail and force. Spellbinding reading.”
-- Bret Easton Ellis
“Ms. Eberstadt’s latest effort, The Furies, veers pretty close to genius. ...Eberstadt is an expert, sensual, and at times truly breathtaking conjurer of New York City.”
-- New York Observer
“Unsparing...In a densely allusive, insistently metaphoric prose style, Eberstadt brilliantly employs a form of hectoring direct address to both her protagonists.....[The] plot gains great depth from two exhaustively penetrating characterizations and from Ebersadt’s virtual genius for ironically precise summary statement.”
“A novelist of exhilarating wit, incandescent metaphors, moral curiosity, and deep-sea psychology. Eberstadt’s mythic and piercing tragedy belongs beside the work of Franzen, Chabon, even DeLillo.”
“Eberstadt achieves a roil of dark effects in her fourth novel....The author’s gift for acutely rendered detail captivates... Eberstadt’s no-mercy approach is unique and harrowing.”
“The novel’s prose — taut, fresh and vividly descriptive — can be a positive delight. Like Tom Wolfe, Eberstadt is a precise and witty observer of life in Manhattan.”
-- New York Times Book Review
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