Published by Penguin Group USA on September 15, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Women, Family Life, Fiction, Literary
Source: I purchased a copy of this book.
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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.
The best book I’ve read so far this year.
So that I don’t get too exuberant about it, I’m going to list why in bullet points:
- Impeccable writing. Groff’s way with words is absolutely ravishing.
- Unlikeable characters you feel compelled to read about.
- Rich characters with layers upon layers to their personalities.
- Complex situations. Things are never as simple as they seem; can’t get too judgy.
- Shocks and surprises throughout!
- Wonderful pacing. I didn’t want it to end because I wanted to savor the writing, but at the same time, I wanted to race through to the end to find out more.
- Stylistically interesting. Really enjoyed the omniscient narrator whose thoughts appeared in brackets.
- Smart. Deeply meaningful literary references, from ancient Greek and Latin to more modern classics, that added a great deal to the overall novel. And I’m sure I didn’t catch all of them.
- So much to talk about! Great pick for book club.
Speaking of book clubs, it seemed I was the only one in my book club who was over the moon about this one. But that didn’t stop us from having an almost 2-hour discussion about it!
And speaking of discussions, The Socratic Salon will be discussing Fates and Furies next month, spoilers and all. You won’t want to miss it.