An exhilarating portrait of one extraordinary couple over the course of twenty-four years, Fates and Furies is a landmark novel about marriage, power, and perception, written by one of the best writers of her generation.
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 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, the reader realizes that things are even more remarkable than they have seemed. What began as a story about one extraordinary union suddenly becomes so much more. With stunning revelations and multiple threads, and in prose that is vibrantly alive and original, Groff delivers a deeply satisfying novel about love and art that is unlike anything that has come before it. Profound, surprising, propulsive, and emotionally riveting, it stirs both the mind and the heart.
This is hands down one of the best books I’ve read this year (or in a while actually).
I don’t think I can explain entirely how wonderful this book (which also have part of plays written here) is and how I’ve come to enjoy this, surprisingly.
The writing is brilliantly done, the POVs are spectacular, the plot may be slow but it spans over 4 decades of personal lives and the many, many layers of marriage.
I’ve always believed that every marriage has its own secrets that not every spouse will live to know, and this book is the perfect representation of that.
We began with Lancelot’s POV in Fates, and in the middle we switched to Mathilde’s POV in Furies where the titles really, really suit their personality, past and secrets (or lack thereof). You see such brilliant depths to these characters that you weep for their past and sorrows. I’ve come to love Mathilde in all her evilness (or so she claimed) but I truly believe her to be a strong woman was never given much credit during Lancelot’s years of success.
There are just so many layers to this book that you cannot stop reading it to find out what happened in the past that had such great consequences to the future. Some have said you may get a vibe of Gone Girl in this but I’d say only in snippets. It’s not to the murderous extreme of Jane in Gone Girl but a less depressing story of Jude from A Little Life.
This is a recommended read by me, especially if you love the writings of Hanya Yanagihara, Jeffrey Eugenides, or Donna Tartt and the likes of them….
“Grief is pain internalized, abscess of the soul. Anger is pain as energy, sudden explosion”
“But she made a promise that he would never know the scope of her darkness, that she would never show him the evil that lived in her that he would know of her only of a great love and light. And she wanted to believe that their whole life together he did…” – Mathilde