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Fates and Furies

Fates and Furies

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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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2015
ISBN: 9781594634475
Call Number: FICTION GROFF 2015
Characteristics: 390 pages ; 24 cm


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The story of Lotto and Mathilde's marriage is one of intense passion and lasting devotion, at least if you believe Lotto's side of the story.

October. In the first half of this book, sunny playwright Lotto tells the story of his marriage. In the second half, his wife, fierce Mathilde, tells her side of the story. I found this more interesting than deeply involving-- but it is VERY interesting, and very well-written.

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Mar 16, 2021

Recco from some who read the Patton Oswalt recco

Dec 13, 2020

a novel about marriage, but arguably moreso a portrait of a challenging personality. Very good until the final resolution, which might be a little too tidy, and not enough angst.

Dec 11, 2020

Although it took me awhile to get into this book, I ended up liking it a lot (so glad I stuck with it.) This is a very witty novel, Groff pokes fun at actors, entitled prep school brats, intellectuals, artists, and would be social climbers. The story is divided into two halves: the first is the husband's point of view and the second his wife's. Her story and perspective is much more interesting. If you can get through Lotto's egotism you will be in for a treat when you get to see the same events through Mathilde's eyes. I like how Groff sprinkles in their backstories throughout rather than lumping it all in at the beginning. The more I read the more I liked it. She had me laughing than cringing all in the same paragraph. I wish I could write a review that could do justice to this intricate novel. Instead I'll just end this with three passages that jumped out at me while reading.

"Doomed people celebrate peace with sky bombs."

"Unplug from the humble needs of the body and a person becomes no more than a ghost."

"She hated perfume. It was a cover for poor hygiene of for body shame. Clean people never aspired to the floral."

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.

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

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.

Jan 11, 2019

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

Sep 14, 2018

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

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.

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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