Lauren Groff “Fates and Furies”

Lotto, who always considering himself as a bright sun suddenly understood that he was only a “yellow dwarf” circling on the orbit of the invisible star – a black giant.

Fates and Furies is a novel by American writer Lauren Groff, which was published in 2015.

Just like her previous novels (The Monsters of Templeton and Arcadia), the novel Fate and Furies was highly appreciated by critics and readers, and debuted on The New York Times bestseller list and became Best Book of 2015 on

By the way, the novel is listed on among the favorite books of Former US President Barack Obama.

What is this book about?

Fates and Furies is a novel about marriage and family relations. The life of playwright Lancelot “Lotto” Satterwaite is full of youthful tragedy, love, bohemian whirlwind and rapid career rise. And all this time, during 25 years, his passionate and faithful wife Matilda was beside him.

“Love that had begun so powerfully in the body had spread luxuriantly into everything”.

But inside of this shining cover, there are a lot of secrets, lies, intrigues. A happy marriage is not such a happy.

“Happiness feeds but doesn’t nourish”.

It seemed that Matilda spent her life in the shadow of her husband, playing a secondary role. But, maybe it’s Lotto was just a marionette in the hands of his wife?

“Up before Lotto rose a vision of himself as if attached to a hundred shining strings by his fingers, eyelids, toes, the muscles of his mouth. All the strings led to Mathilde’s pointer finger, and she moved it with the subtlest of twitches and made him dance”.

This book is divided into the lives of two people, connected by marriage. The two parts of the novel are the two different views of one common life. It’s the Fates, determining a way of life, and the Furies, that plaguing a sole by crime.

Why read this book?

First, Fates and Furies is a modern bestseller, which was nominated for a National Book Award in the United States and for a nomination of Kirkus.

Secondly, it’s a novel written interestingly. Lauren Groff with the care of a family psychologist reveals the marriage and relationships of the main characters, looks into their past and draws some old skeletons out of the closet. This novel shows, in contrast, the persons of husband and wife, their perfect outside marriage with secrets and feelings. This, as you can see, is a quite intrigued.

Total score – 5/5

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