May 9, 2021

Fates and Furies: National Book Award nominee

You know you need to put a book on your must-read list if it’s nominated for a National Book Award and no less than President Obama deems it his favorite book of the year. I’m talking about Fates and Furies, the tour-de-force novel by Lauren Groff about marriage and its emotional tendrils.

Critics have likened the book to Gone Girl, but Groff’s writing is of a much higher order. She uses surprising imagery and inventive word use to arrive at prose that is almost poetry interspersed with dialogue that captures the voices of her characters.

The first half of the book depicts a marriage from the husband Lancelot/Lotto’s perspective while the second half is wife Mathilde’s furious point of view. Friends and relatives of the married pair figure into this maelstrom of love, vengeance, anger and secrets. Once you start this novel, I predict it will be hard to put down.

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