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Paperback 400 Pages / Published: 07/07/2016
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Reviews of Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies almost unanimously mention both Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, because like them it involves a death, and like them it intimate knowledge of a marriage its subject. Yet while it examines, as those two titles did, how little even two people living together as man and wife can truly know each other, Fates and Furies is significantly different for being less a thriller and more a beautiful work of literary fiction. Written in the third person, which makes it feel solidly believable, it is a work of two parts: Fates is handsome, charismatic Lotto’s story, in which he tells of the electric beginning and building of his 24-year marriage to Mathilde; Furies is his wife’s version, which cleverly undercuts Lotto’s knowledge and memory of events, and shows her orchestration and manipulation of their life together – as well as how she has maintained her secrets within it. Barack Obama proclaimed Fates and Furies the best novel he read in 2015, Amazon declared it its book of the year, and it featured on more best-of end-of-year lists than any other title published that same year. 

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9780099592532
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 277 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"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 *
"A book to submit to and be knocked out by." * Meg Wolitzer *
"A dazzling novel ... At once intimate and sweeping, this is the story of a marriage as parallel myths-- flaring with passion and betrayal, with redemption and retribution, with the sort of heart-breaking, head-slapping secrets that make you want to seek out someone else who's read it. Lauren Groff is a powerful and graceful writer, one of the best of her generation." * Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins *
"Barack Obama's favourite book of last year (and getting on for ours too), Fates and Furies is finally coming out in paperback. The tale of a marriage in parallel myths is a truly delicious story." * Observer Magazine - We Love... *
"[An] ingenious novel ... buttressed by real emotional power" * Mail on Sunday *
"Devastatingly good, with the most satisfying ending I've read in a long time. The writing is gorgeous, the plot twisting, and the characters are almost too real." * Sara Taylor, Guardian Books of the Year *
"A clear-the-ground triumph ... Groff captures the complicated ways love blesses, transforms and, yes, deceives us over many years...There's a touch of F. Scott Fitzgerald in this glamorous story... Halfway through, Groff leverages her story in a remarkable and transformative way ... A vertiginous ride that will shake your confidence in what you think you know about your spouse - and yourself." * Washington Post *

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“Story with two sides.”

This novel is a clever account of love and marriage how it changes, transforms and deceives us through the years. The story is elegantly written complex relationship between two people. Lauren Groff has got an amazing... More

Hardback edition
22nd September 2015
Helpful? Upvote 95

“A very fun yet, complex and in parts unsatisfying read.”

Having read masses of hype surrounding this novel I couldn't wait to read it. This is a book that you can't skim read, you have to give every sentence your undivided attention. Partly because Lauren Groff is... More

Hardback edition
22nd July 2016
Helpful? Upvote 63

“Believe the hype!”

From the very start, the reader is thrust into the golden glow of Lotto - beloved son, friend, and brother - and curls up in his warmth. But his is just half of the story. On the other side, is his wife - distant,... More

Hardback edition
22nd December 2015
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