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Fates and Furies

by Lauren Groff

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Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2015
    400 pages
    Genre: Novels

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From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The Monsters of Templeton and Arcadia, 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.

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"Starred Review. The plotting is exquisite, and the sentences hum; Groff writes with a pleasurable, bantering vividness. An intricate plot, perfect title, and a harrowing look at the tie that binds." – Kirkus

"Starred Review. Like a classic tragedy, Groff's novel offers high drama, hubris, and epic love, complete with Greek chorus–like asides. A singular and compelling literary read, populated with extraordinary characters; highly recommended." – Library Journal

"Starred Review. Taking a page from Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl–like view of marriage, Groff fashions a searing, multilayered portrait of a union that seems to thrive on its darkest secrets." - Booklist

"There are moments when the writing feels self-indulgent, but, for the most part, it's an intoxicating elixir. Perhaps Groff herself says it best: "It was less a story than a great creature surfacing from the deep; it was more sudden audible wave than narrative." - Publishers Weekly

"With Fates and Furies Lauren Groff goes many levels below the surface of a marriage, into a place that is perhaps as hard to reach as it is to describe, but Groff, a bold and marvelous writer, is able to do both." – Meg Wolitzer, New York Times-bestselling author of The Interestings

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Janis H.

A Worthy Undertaking
Complaints surrounding this book baffle me. I am rating it a 5 because I had to round up to a whole number. If I could have, I would have given it a 4.9 because of the transition to one particular death scene. Some people quit after Chapter 2. At that point, however, I realized that rather than speed reading through this book I would absorb its many levels. It is definitely not an anti marriage book as some have written. For me it is a study of an intelligent and damaged woman in love with her well respected and imperfect husband. it is difficult for me to write about this book without hinting at spoilers for future readers. It took me several chapters to understand Lancelot (Lotto) is the epitome of the golden boy, the one on whom Fate has bestowed a perfect life and on whom Fate gave him the woman who would insure that life would continue through any measure possible. The second half of the book Furies is more compelling than the first, at least for me. I loved the way Lauren Groff told the two stories through different perspectives, which prevented the second part of the book from becoming a retelling of the first. Be aware future readers there aren't really any nice people in the story with the exception of Lotto's aunt and sister. Stay with it because it will stay with you for weeks after you finish it. At least it did for me.

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Lauren Groff Author Biography

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Lauren Groff is the New York Times bestselling author of three novels, The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, and Fates and Furies, and the celebrated short story collection Delicate Edible Birds. Her work has been featured in the New Yorker, Harper's, the Atlantic, and several Best American Short Stories anthologies. She has won the Paul Bowles Prize for Fiction, the PEN/O. Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize; and has been a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Orange Award for New Writers, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

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