Pub Date: 2015
Fates and Furies
by Lauren Groff
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2015 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD. SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2015 KIRKUS PRIZE.“Lauren Groff is a writer of rare gifts, and Fates and Furies is an unabashedly ambitious novel that delivers – with comedy, tragedy, well-deployed erudition and unmistakable glimmers of brilliance throughout.” —The New York Times Book Review (cover review)
“Elaborate, sensual...a writer whose books are too exotic and unusual to be missed."—The New York Times
“Fates and Furies is a clear-the-ground triumph.” —Ron Charles, The Washington Post
From the award-winning, New York Times- bestselling author of The Monsters of Templeton and Arcadia, one of the most anticipated books of the fall: an exhilarating novel about marriage, creativity, art, and perception. Fates and Furies is a literary masterpiece that defies expectation. A dazzling examination of a marriage, it is also a portrait of creative partnership written by one of the best writers of her generation.
Every story has two sides. Every relationship has two perspectives. And sometimes, it turns out, the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets. At the core of this rich, expansive, layered novel, Lauren Groff presents the story of one such marriage over the course of twenty-four years. At age twenty-two, Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, madly in love, and destined for greatness. A decade later, their marriage is still the envy of their friends, but with an electric thrill we understand that things are even more complicated and remarkable than they have seemed. With stunning revelations and multiple threads, and in prose that is vibrantly alive and original, Groff delivers a deeply satisfying novel about love, art, creativity, and power that is unlike anything that has come before it. Profound, surprising, propulsive, and emotionally riveting, it stirs both the mind and the heart.
"Maki watches the pages of Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff move swiftly along—all in one night. Why is Louise reading so late when she has to get up for school in the morning? Insane. Must be one of those juicy reads that come along every so often and... why so it is! Picking the book up, stripping off the dust jacket (raging waves) with his teeth, Maki reads til dawn. The book is about a tempest of a marriage where the wife has strange secrets and the dog is named God. The dog is wonderful. The rest is about humans." ~ Maki