Fates and Furies

Fates and Furies

Book - 2015
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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.
Topical Term: Romance fiction
Man-woman relationships
Domestic fiction
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2015
ISBN: 9781594634475
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 390 pages ; 24 cm


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The story of the marriage of Lotto and Mathilde exists somewhere between what their friends observe and what they experience — the latter of which can be found within the stories Lotto tells anyone who will listen and the memories Mathilde keeps to herself. In Fates and Furies (which was Presiden... Read More »

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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.

Mar 27, 2018

This book was horrible.

Aug 22, 2017

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

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.

Feb 19, 2017

It's been a long time since I've read a book that disappointed me so much. The novel started out promising, especially with the story of the family history and background of Lancelot's childhood. However, the beautiful language which at first was a pleasure to read became more and more pretentious and self-aware. As I read more and more, I found that the writing was this wall that stopped me from being immersed in the world of the story. It was like the writer and all her beautiful sentences were this brittle, beautiful and yet tedious shell covering incredibly empty characters. The words were beautiful but they made me feel nothing. I've read novels that said more with less and conveyed more emotion with less.

It also became very redundant. I get it! Lotto is so perfect, and beautiful and everyone loves him. The times Mathilde would go on and on about how much people loved Lotto and how much she loved him were so numerous it became obvious the writer had nothing new to say about Lotto's character. It got boring, quite frankly.

And the "twist" in the story was so predictable and forced.

The only good thing which I wish the novel was more about, is the story of Lotto's mother, Antoinette. Her story in how she met Lotto's father really drew me in in the beginning, and her story would have made for a much more interesting novel.

Feb 18, 2017

One of the worst books that I have ever read. I was shocked to see how well reviewed this book was. There is nothing redeeming about the two main characters or their tale together or their tales leading up to meeting one another. Both a terrible "love" story and a terrible "tragedy" as well. Not sure what the point of Groff's tale was suppose to be.

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