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Fates and Furies is a literary masterpiece that defies expectation. A dazzling examination of a marriage, it is also a portrait of creative partnership 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 the core of this rich, expansive, layered novel, Lauren Groff presents the story of one such marriage over the course of twenty-four years.

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 we understand that things are even more complicated and remarkable than they have seemed. With stunning revelations and multiple threads, and in prose that is vibrantly alive and original, Groff delivers a deeply satisfying novel about love, art, creativity, and power that is unlike anything that has come before it. Profound, surprising, propulsive, and emotionally riveting, it stirs both the mind and the heart.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With Fates and Furies Lauren Groff goes many levels below the surface of a marriage, into a place that is perhaps as hard to reach as it is to describe, but Groff, a bold and marvelous writer, is able to do both. Because she’s so vitally talented line for line and passage for passage, and because her ideas about the ways in which two people can live together and live inside each other, or fall away from each other, or betray each other, feel foundationally sound and true, Fates and Furies becomes a book to submit to, and be knocked out by, as I certainly was.”

    Meg Wolitzer, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Fates and Furies is a dazzling novel, its people and its prose wondrously alive from page one. At once intimate and sweeping, this is the story of a marriage as parallel myths— flaring with passion and betrayal, with redemption and retribution, with the sort of heart-breaking, head-slapping secrets that make you want to seek out someone else who’s read it. Lauren Groff is a powerful and graceful writer, one of the best of her generation.”

    Jess Walter, New York Times bestselling author

  • Fates and Furies raises—and answers, in its own compelling ways—big questions like: What is a happy marriage? Do we need to keep secrets in order to be loved? What are the stories we tell about ourselves to others? Fates and Furies is the perfect book to take you from summer to fall, a vivid and exciting page-turner that is freighted with deep meaning.”


  • “In a swirling miasma of language, plot, and Greek mythology, Groff weaves a fierce and gripping tale of true love gone asunder…Groff’s prose is variously dewy, defiant, salacious, and bleak—a hurricane of words thrown together on every page. Yet so much of the power in this book lies in what’s unspoken…An intoxicating elixir.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Like a classic tragedy, Groff’s novel offers high drama, hubris, and epic love, complete with Greek chorus–like asides. A singular and compelling literary read, populated with extraordinary characters; highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Dark and dazzling…[Groff’s prose] seduces the reader as much as the golden couple at the center of the compelling story…Taking a page from Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl–like view of marriage, Groff fashions a searing, multilayered portrait of a union that seems to thrive on its darkest secrets.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “The plotting is exquisite, and the sentences hum; Groff writes with a pleasurable, bantering vividness. An intricate plot, perfect title, and a harrowing look at the tie that binds.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Lauren Groff’s gripping new novel is told in two parts, his and hers, which makes it perfect for a dual narration…the performances are superb. The book examines a long, passionate marriage. First Will Damron performs the story according to Lancelot, known as Lotto, an actor turned playwright whom the fates have blessed in many ways. Julia Whelan delivers Mathilde’s version, which stuns with all that Lotto never knew or guessed about his wife, so polished on the outside, so gripped by furies within.”


  • A September 2015 LibraryReads Pick
  • A National Book Award Finalist
  • Shortlisted for the 2015 Kirkus Prize for Fiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • An AudioFile Editors’ Pick
  • A Library Journal Best Book of 2015
  • A Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015 Selection for Literary Fiction
  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection
  • A 2015 Top 10 Washington Post Book World Best Book of the Year
  • A BookPage Best Book of 2015
  • A 2015 NPR Pick for Books to Give as Gifts This Year
  • A BuzzFeed Books Pick for Best Fiction of 2015
  • A 2015 New York Times Book Review Notable Book
  • Audible’s Best Audiobooks Editor’s Pick for 2015
  • A Time Magazine Best Book of 2015
  • Finalist for the 2016 Indies Choice Award
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