It’s “He Said, She Said” in Lauren Groff’s Terrific New Novel
“Fates and Furies” is a dazzler
Gorgeous and charismatic, tall and sleek as gazelles, Lancelot "Lotto" Satterwhite and Mathilde Yoder are adored, and often loathed, by their friends and classmates at Vassar College. Married at twenty-two after only a few weeks of dating, no one believes their union can last. Will the notorious Lotto really settle down? And will that odd duck Mathilde actually be the one to tame him? And why does everything seem to always go their way?
Lauren Groff's latest novel, Fates and Furies, follows the couple’s 25 years of marriage, during which they navigate joy and sorrow, failure and success. The book’s first half (“Fates”) focuses primarily on Lotto as he struggles to find himself as an actor-turned-playwright in his post collegiate years. But Groff saves the biggest revelations for the second half (“Furies”), which zeroes in on Mathilde. Here, truths are revealed that will have you rethinking everything you thought you knew about the duo--and all who come into their orbit.
Touching on marriage, family, art and theater, Groff dazzles with breathtaking prose, smart wit and sensuality, and a close look at the devastating consequences of little white lies.
Still not sold? It was just long-listed for the National Book Award.