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.
Paradox of marriage: you can never know someone entirely; you do know someone entirely.
In Greek mythology the fates control the thread of life from birth to death and the furies are female goddesses of vengeance. In the best selling novel Fates and Furies there are two stories, the husband and the wife, the light and the dark, the fates and the furies.
I really really enjoyed this book. A novel about marriage; about perception and deception; about art and mythology. The second half took me by surprise (in a good way) – don’t worry no spoilers – it’s fascinating how different perceptions can be, and it’s not just two sided but multidimensional. Love it.
Fates and Furies was President Obama’s favourite read in 2015; it was named Amazon’s book of that year; and made countless other reading lists including the LitHub Book of the Decade. Highly recommend.
Please. Marriage is made of lies. Kind ones, mostly. Omissions. If you give voice to the things you think every day about your spouse, you’d crush them to paste. She never lied. Just never said.
READ NOW: Fates and Furies
BOOK #24 IN 2020
FIRST PUBLISHED: 2015
GENRE: Contemporary Fiction, Literary