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.
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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.
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thrillingly good - precise, lyrical, rich, both worldly and epically transfiguring...The prose is not only beautiful and vigorously alert; it insists on its own heroic registration, and lifts this story of a modern marriage out of the mundane. Even Lotto and Mathilde's sex is grand and yet wittily figured." -- James Wood The New Yorker "Exhilaratingly complex and addictive to read...It is Mathilde - quiet, aloof, mysterious - who steals the story. Groff has drawn a woman so complex it seems that with every chapter a new layer is revealed, each as deliciously intriguing as the next...Fates and Furies, all 390 pages of it, had me captivated to the end...Lauren Groff has sculpted a genuinely authentic protagonist in Fates and Furies...The result is a compelling portrait of an unconventional marriage across two decades." Stylist