Fates and Furies


fates-and-furies-cover-imageIt is said that there are two sides to every story. In Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff, we learn that are also two sides to a marriage. “Fates”, the first part of the story, offers Lotto’s (short for Lancelot) perspective on his twenty-four years of marriage to Mathilde, while “Furies”, fills in the blanks by delivering Mathilde’s point of view. As one might assume, this husband, a popular and charming not so successful actor turned very successful playwright, and wife, alluring but guarded with a mysterious past, provide very different assessments of their life together.

While the book appears on many of 2015’s “Best Books” lists, there are some fairly polarizing reviews among literary critics and readers, and due to some combination of Groff’s unusual writing and the character development, I’m finding myself on the fence on this one. However, I wouldn’t hesitate to suggest it to readers curious to find out for themselves what the buzz is all about.

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