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Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Fates and Furies

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Shortlisted for the National Book Award / Chosen by Barack Obama as his favourite book of 2015 / One of our Books of the Year 2015. Bold and surprising in character and style, Fates and Furies is a fascinating novel that delights in the hidden and the things that have remained unsaid. You shouldn't judge a book by it’s cover, perhaps it’s also best not to judge this book until you've turned the very last page, as the two halves, ‘Fates’ and ‘Furies’ are capable of altering and dividing opinion. Lotto and Mathilde seem to glide effortlessly through their life together, however an intricate labyrinth lies at the core of their marriage. In the first part of this book, significant events are almost eclipsed by the descriptions and the gatherings that gently skim the surface of depth and emotion, yet can appear overly descriptive. Lauren Groff though, has the ability to effect a total transformation, to startle thoughts and encourage feelings to erupt. Expectation and presumption should be removed and left behind, as realisation dawns, an impressive and arresting read lies in wait. ~ Liz Robinson

A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher...

'I first published Lauren Groff’s fiction back in 2008 – the wonderful The Monsters of Templeton was an astonishing debut, rightly shortlisted for the Orange Award for New Writers (I might even say it should have won) – and I’ve been publishing her work ever since (the story collection Delicate, Edible Birds, and the exquisite novel Arcadia). But with this new novel she has more than delivered on that early promise and is writing at the top of her game; her plotting is exquisite and her sentences quiver.

Fates and Furies is a sharply drawn, forensic examination of a marriage – not, for a change, in dissolution, but in its happy complexity. It is also an exhilarating novel about creativity, art and perception. Lotto and Mathilde are life partners – a stunning couple madly in love. After ten years, they’re still in love, but each has a very different perspective on their relationship – and here you get both sides of their story. Despite their carefully held secrets, their marriage continues to flourish, and yet this novel will break your heart. It is as vivid and vital as anything I have read recently, and is certain to be one of the most widely acclaimed books of 2015.' - Jason Arthur, Publishing Director of William Heinemann


Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

AMAZON.COM's 2015 BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, A FINALIST FOR THE 2015 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD, SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2015 NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD. 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 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 behind closed doors things are even more complicated and remarkable than they have seemed.


'Enough betrayal, vengeance and sex to read like one of the Greek tragedies Observer Rich, lyrical and rewarding.' -- Paula Hawkins, author of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN Guardian (Books of the Year)

'A lyrical and, at times, astonishingly beautiful account of how little it is possible to know about those closest to us.' Financial Times

'Addictive to read ... 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 ... The result is a compelling portrait of an unconventional marriage across two decades.' Stylist

'[A] stunning achievement. The plotting is elegant, intricate and assured ... it will give you much to savour.' Independent

'Absorbing and beautifully written, this is a riveting study of love, power and creativity.' Sunday Express

'A truly special novel ... if you haven't read her before, I'm delighted to take the credit for introducing you to one of your new favourite authors.' The Pool

'A searing exploration of how far a person will go for love, loyalty and revenge.' Time

'Rare and impressive... Groff has created a novel of extraordinary and genuine complexity...The word ambitious is often used as code for overly ambitious , a signal that an author's execution has fallen short. No such hidden message here. 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.' New York Times

About the Author

Lauren Groff

Lauren Groff was born in Cooperstown, New York, which is the model for Templeton, her novel’s setting. She has a BA from Amherst College and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has won fellowships to the Vermont Studio Center and Yaddo. Groff’s stories have appeared in prestigious literary publications including The Atlantic Monthly and Ploughshares. She lives in Gainesville, Florida with her husband.

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7th July 2016


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Windmill Books an imprint of Cornerstone


400 pages


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