"Aided by one jewel of a sentence after another, the inescapable truth rises that a story grows--in pain, joy, vice, and forgiveness--as more witnesses come forward. Mathilde and Lotto and a cast of characters elucidate what really happens in marriage, how muses are able to be heeded, and when people might make assured choices. The book's first act sets up the house; the second knocks walls down till the privilege to do meets the highest forms of secular oblation.— Todd Wellman
"Did you ever read a book and have little to say but ‘Wow?’ That was my response upon finishing the new novel from the author of The Monsters of Templeton and Arcadia. It’s the story of a marriage, and for the first half of the book, it’s from the perspective Lancelot ‘Lotto’ Satterwhite, written off by his mother, the matriarch of a bottled water empire, when he impulsively marries Mathilde in college.Treading water as an actor, he finds his calling as a playwright, and fame too, with Mathilde hovering in the background. But that’s just half the story.When Mathilde’s voice takes over, everything we seem to know is wrong, or at least not quite right. It’s a rollercoaster of reversals and secrets, of loyalties kept and broken, of economic oppression and sexual politics–the stuff of high tragedy. All this and some fierce writing too. Wow."— Daniel Goldin
October 2015 Indie Next List
“Fates and Furies is an engrossing and complex novel about a seemingly perfect marriage of beautiful people, told in two parts. The first is a gentle introduction to Lotto and Mathilde, their marriage, and their friends and family; the second, a violent storm to wash away all you thought you knew. Groff crafts amazing, shocking sentences and brilliantly reveals the lies and deceit hiding behind the perfect facade. It's a book you will finish too quickly and then want to tell your friends about. Very highly recommended.”
— Tarah Jennings (W), Mitzi's Main Street Books, Rapid City, SD
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, andFates and Furiesis an unabashedly ambitious novel that delivers with comedy, tragedy, well-deployed erudition and unmistakable glimmers of brilliance throughout. TheNew 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 ofThe Monsters of TempletonandArcadia, one of the most anticipated books of the fall: an exhilarating novel about marriage, creativity, art, and perception.
Fates and Furiesis 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.
About the Author
Lauren Groffis theNew York Times-bestselling author ofthree novels, The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, and Fates and Furies, and the celebrated short-story collectionDelicate Edible Birds. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, Harper's, The Atlantic, and severalBest American Short Storiesanthologies; 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 theL.A. TimesBook Prize."