Fates and Furies

Author: Lauren Groff 
Publisher: Riverhead Books 


Summary: There are two sides to every story and, in this case, to every marriage. Told from the perspective of first the husband and then the wife, this novel examines how two people can experience very different moments in their relationship.

Lotto spots Mathilde across the room at a college party, falls instantly in love and marries her as they begin their adult lives in New York City. Their marriage is the envy of all their friends but as they get older it gets more and more complicated.

Review: This is one of those novels you love or hate, it seems. I loved it while also recognizing why people did not. At times it did seem overwritten and there were passages I needed to reread to figure out exactly what she meant by a metaphor or description. And many of those times it really seemed unnecessary to not just write outright what she meant (if that makes sense).




The story itself fascinated me and I loved how you got through Lotto's story with one view on their marriage, then had it turned completely upside down by Mathilde's. Mathilde is definitely the more interesting character and it is worth it to keep reading until her second part of the book. Without Lotto's version first it is not nearly as compelling.

For the people who hated it, I get it. Neither Lotto or Mathilde were particularly likeable and at times it got fairly pretentious. The section of Lotto's "Antigone" I skimmed through to be honest. I've read reviews calling the writing "theatrical", but not in a good way.

It really is going to either captivate you or frustrate you, so if a few chapters in you can't deal with the writing style I would just put the book down as it won't get any more bearable for you!


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