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Fernanda Moore

Fernanda Moore

Fernanda Moore reviews fiction for Commentary.

Honeydew: StoriesBy Edith PearlmanLittle, Brown and Company, 288 pages Edith Pearlman is 78 years old. For 47 years, she has been writing quietly gorgeous short stories....

Lila: A NovelBy Marilynne RobinsonFarrar, Straus and Giroux, 272 pages Marilynne Robinson’s phenomenal fourth novel (published 34 years after her first, Housekeeping) begins with a cast-out...

We Are Not Ourselves: A Novel By Matthew Thomas Simon & Schuster, 640 pages Instead of going to the priest, the men who gathered at Doherty’s...

Florence Gordon: A NovelBy Brian MortonHoughton Mifflin Harcourt, 320 pages Florence Gordon, the cantankerous heroine of Brian Morton’s latest novel, wants to be alone. When the...

The Inner Sea: A Novel of the Year 100By Zane KotkerLevellers Press, 268 pages Zane Kotker’s The Inner Sea: A Novel of the Year 100 wonderfully...

To Rise Again at a Decent HourBy Joshua FerrisLittle, Brown and Company, 352 pages Paul O’ Rourke is a miserable man. To an outside observer, his...

The Rise and Fall of Great PowersBy Tom RachmanDoubleday, 400 pages Tom Rachman’sfirst novel, The Imperfectionists, chronicled the demise of an English-language newspaper in Rome from...

Kinder Than SolitudeBy Yiyun LiRandom House, 336 pages Yiyun Li’s second novel begins in a crematorium in Beijing. A wealthy middle-aged man named Boyang has come...

CasebookBy Mona SimpsonKnopf, 336 pages Novelist Mona Simpson has spent most of her career puzzling out the complicated relationships between distant, baffling adults and their alienated...

The Book of Jonah: A NovelBy Joshua Max FeldmanHenry Holt and Company, 352 pages Jacob Jacobstein, the protagonist of Joshua Max Feldman’s continually surprising debut novel,...

The literary wunderkind-turned-editor-turned-philanthropist Dave Eggers begins his new novel in heaven, or at least heaven as imagined by its 24-year-old protagonist, Mae Holland: “A million...

The GoldfinchBy Donna TarttLittle, Brown and Company, 784 pages The Secret History, Donna Tartt’s 1992 debut, was that exceedingly rare creature: a brilliant and addictive thriller...