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Fernanda Moore

Fernanda Moore

Fernanda Moore reviews fiction for Commentary.

Dissident GardensBy Jonathan LethemDoubleday, 384 pages Dissident Gardens is exhilarating, overwhelming, and a mess. Jonathan Lethem’s ninth novel is a sprawling meander through three generations of...

The MorelsBy Christopher HackerSoho Press, 368 pages To review Christopher Hacker’s debut novel in the conventional manner—introducing the characters, summarizing the plot, then weighing in with...

The SonBy Philipp MeyerEcco, 576 pages The Son, Philipp Meyer’s second book, aims to be the Great Texan Novel. The story begins in 1836, the year...

The Woman UpstairsBy Claire MessudKnopf, 272 pages Claire Messud’s new novel opens with a rant. Forty-two-year old Nora Eldridge, “a good girl, a nice girl, a...

The View from Penthouse BBy Elinor LipmanHoughton Mifflin Harcourt, 272 pages Elinor Lipman, a genuinely gifted writer of light fiction, has a lovely formula down pat,...

Tenth of December, the sixth book and fourth collection of short stories by George Saunders, was published in early January. On the cover of the...

The MiddlesteinsBy Jami AttenbergGrand Central Publishing, 288 pages Jami Attenberg’s The Middlesteins, her fourth novel, resists easy summary; though the plot is quickly digested (the matriarch...

On Wednesday afternoon, my brother Danny calls me from his car. “Dad’s on NPR,” he says. In the background, I hear voices, though I can’t...

The End of Men:And the Rise of WomenBy Hanna RosinRiverhead, 320 pages Hanna Rosin’s The End of Men: And the Rise of Women, based on a...

The Long and Short of It: From Aphorism to Novel By Gary Saul Morson Stanford University Press, 296 pages “World literature is a great symposium, and...

One child was ridiculous—it meant you’d started too late, waited too long, were too attached and involved, too overprotective. You were setting yourself up for...