Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Holy Schnikes! I did not see that coming.

I had seen a lot of press when Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff was first released last year. I followed along and added her to my #TBR list but never made any moves on it. She is by no means a new writer. This was her third novel.

However, the description of the novel was always lackluster to me. A story following a couple? Meh. I’ll read it, when I read it.

But this was so much more than that. It was a deep dive into a relationship from each person’s perspective. It was a study of how our younger lives shape our later lives. It was a story about the stories we choose to tell ourselves and believe about ourselves rather than relying on the truth.

The novel was constructed in a unique way. It follows Lotto throughout his life. Then it starts over following his wife Mathilde. The reader was reading the same story but vastly different perspectives and motives for behavior. It felt like I was reading two very different books but each book would not be complete without the counterpart.

I cannot wait to read her new short story collection Florida. It was released this month and it is the Odyssey Bookshop’s First Editions Book Club’s July selection. Very excited to get my hands on it and dive into it.

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