Fates and Furies is astounding. Or as my friend Bibi said “I liked it but I didn’t like it as much as you liked it” which is how Bibi says “calm down, crazy” to me in a nice-ish way. But don’t listen to Bibi, listen to me. Actually, listen to these people:
AMAZON’S 2015 BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A FINALIST FOR THE 2015 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD
NPR MORNING EDITION BOOK CLUB PICK
NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY: THE WASHINGTON POST, NPR, TIME, THE SEATTLE TIMES, MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE, SLATE, LIBRARY JOURNAL, KIRKUS, AND MANY MORE
Yes, it is that good.
The story is about a couple, Lotto and Mathilde (right away, these are amazing character names, no?), a beautiful, rich, successful duo who is destined for greatness. The book is 2 parts: Fates and Furies; Lotto and Mathilde, both telling mostly the same tale in wildly different ways. It is a book about marriage, told over a lifetime and it is complicated and dazzling and I was ferociously jealous all the way through it that I had not written it myself.
This is Lauren Groff’s third novel, after the very strange The Monsters of Templeton and the very interesting Arcadia, and I think it’s her best so far. It was surprising and sprawling, it is rare that I have no idea where a book is going, but she fooled me many times here. I also enjoy books that lead me other places or make me interested in their tangential subject matter, and Fates and Furies spun me off into a Greek Mythology spiral that it took days to get out of.
Grade – A