Fates and Furies - Lauren Groff

Fates and Furies

By Lauren Groff

  • Release Date: 2015-09-15
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
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From 938 Ratings

Description

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 TempletonArcadia, and Florida, 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.

Reviews

  • Painful

    1
    By Bflogirl10
    Had to force myself to keep reading ..
  • Like reading 2 separate novels.

    5
    By labuck
    Devastating and brilliant
  • Awesome and brilliant

    5
    By Narwhal Blue
    Just when you think you know this couple and the people who surround them, the second half of the book starts. I loved it! Thank you Barack Obama for recommending it!
  • Brilliant. Just brilliant.

    5
    By Faithh1
    This book was one chosen by our book club host. I recall wondering if it was going to be just another random novel about love and lust, while also wondering how I tell our group that I just could not get into it. Lesson learned, don't judge a book after reading the first paragraph. After I began reading, I then wondered why it felt like the author was speeding through the story. Alas, it was I. So thoroughly engrossed in the book that I was found myself reading so very quickly. Alas, brilliant read from beginning to end.
  • Didn't love it didn't hate it...

    3
    By MaestraG
    I feel like the reviews are either loved it or hated it. I wanted to love it and I'll probably try to read Arcadia to see if it suits me better. She is obviously a great writer but I couldn't connect 100% with this book. I felt like there were loose ends that didn't get tied together and found it easy to get lost and need to reread parts. It's worth a try to see if it works for you.
  • Not perfect, but overall magnificent

    5
    By Jbrahms
    I almost quit after a few pages: the precious style, the romance-novel sex, the unconnected nature of the writing. But after a while I was hooked, and from then on I couldn't put it down. What fascinating characters and situations! While I was shocked at the revelations in Part II, I'm still thinking about what made Mathilde the way she was. What made her do the evil deed to her baby brother? Something innate, or learned? Was wondering how the book would end, and think Groff found a good way by way of an action of grace towards Chollie. Finally, Mathilde was "redeemed" and broke out of the awful two-dimensional mold. Also loved the opera angle in the middle, as well as the turning point set as a play. Wonderful read!
  • Fates and Furies

    2
    By Mrs. Bernadette J.
    Perhaps I am not sophisticated or smart enough to appreciate this book because I found it to be incredibly confusing. Yet I knew I had to finish it, and I still do not know why! I have studied English and earned two and one half degrees.....but this work eluded me.
  • Lush, Brilliant and Full of Distortion

    4
    By Kateration
    Reading this book is like dipping your face through the smooth calm surface of a mirror, and having the reflection on the other side reveal an undercurrent of distortion—slithering beneath a one-sided perspective—basically the bones that have been keeping the initial façade afloat. The descriptions are eloquent and original, adding to the voyeristic feeling the reader gets as if peeling back the layer of skin and seeing more that we were supposed to. An interesting take on marriage, fedelity, narcissim, deceit and grief. There are always two sides to every story.
  • Gorgeous

    5
    By SSLynds
    Love the subtleness of the twists and turns. The writing is superb and left me feeling like I was reading a haunting dream. Couldn't put it down.
  • Deep, Thought-provoking, and Fresh

    5
    By *Alex*6478
    I started with the sample and immediately purchased this book with no hesitation. I finished it this morning and was sad to put it down. The story told here is an intelligent one one dipped in beautiful sorrow that speaks to the parts of us we don't often think about. Be prepared to not want to put this down until you've lapped up every word. The timeline the story follows is delightful and provoking and will take some turns you do not expect. I'm looking forward to the next Laura Groff novel. To all the negative reviews: Humph! Maybe try a Nicholas Sparks novel if you're looking for "fluff".