Tuesday, August 04, 2015

2015 book 185

Lauren Groff's Fates and Furies
I feel like Groff is generally a well-regarded writer--I'm a big fan--but I fully expect this book to launch her into the stratosphere even more than Arcadia did. Her portrait of a complicated marriage is one of the most astonishing and riveting things I've read in a long time, and her characters are amazingly vivid. One moment had me sitting straight up and apparently clapping my hand to my mouth in shock (I am on family vacation and my mom asked if I was ok). The writing is also something I don't hesitate to call masterful. I just thought this was so strong--the whole concept, and the way it looks at family stories and the stories we tell ourselves. Strongly recommended. A.

A review copy was provided by the publisher. This book will be released in September.


Christina said...

Just finished this one. I just don't believe people are that terrible. It's beautifully written, though. And I found their marriage to be really lovely even though I get that that was not really the point. The idea of two such flawed and sad people committing to each other so completely and finding their only understanding of happiness in that was really something. Their love for each other was the only thing that wasn't twisted. It is beautifully written and probably the worst thing for me to be putting into my brain right now.

Alicia K. said...

Aw, I'm sorry!