Fates and Furies

Fates and Furies

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A FINALIST FOR THE 2015 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD
NPR MORNING EDITION BOOK CLUB PICK
NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY: THE WASHINGTON POST, NPR, TIME, THE SEATTLE TIMES, MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE, SLATE, LIBRARY JOURNAL, KIRKUS,  AND MANY MORE

"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.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2015.
ISBN: 9781594634475
1594634475
Characteristics: 390 pages ; 24 cm

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BARosen1112
Jun 10, 2020

Some interesting characters dominate this tale of the wife of a college actor who never quite made it in the big city (NYC, duh) until he suddently becomes a successful playwright. The wife's huge role in his plays' successes is downplayed to the point of almost disappearance, but this multi-vantage point story's sharp characters and Groff's strong writing make the story well worth reading.

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sunspy99
Mar 25, 2020

I did not enjoy this book despite hearing good things and making a concerted attempt to get through it. Didn’t like the style of writing. Didn’t like the characters either. Would not recommend it

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StoriedLife
Mar 27, 2019

The writer’s ambitious effort is undermined by deployment of shallow, self-obsessed characters who she seems to believe can live superficially golden lives despite their lack of introspection, empathy and social consciousness.

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Havanacat
Jan 11, 2019

Prose. A novel about having the courage to repair the cracks that inevitably appear in a marriage.

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EVERETTSE14
Sep 14, 2018

I had a hard time getting into the author's prose. Groff's writing style just isn't for me.

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reader925
Sep 01, 2018

I found this book to be difficult to read. I kept going, thinking it would get better, but it never did. I couldn’t get into the characters at all. I was sorry that I took the time to finish it.

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darcymeyer
Jul 09, 2018

I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to everyone. It is interesting to see the two different sides to the same marriage.

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SuperKerstin
Mar 27, 2018

This book was horrible.

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mattstrelau
Aug 22, 2017

I enjoyed this book. I appreciated reading about the differences in experiences and secrets between a married couple.

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asoria
Jun 06, 2017

This book was awful. Groff created some incredibly unpalatable characters and wove a narrative that reeked of pretentious narcissism. I found the book to be amazing to the degree it repulsed me.

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