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2.6 out of 52.6 out of 52.6 out of 52.6 out of 52.6 out of 5 2.60 (10 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hannah Pittard Narrator: Scott Shepherd Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9780062049421
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“A bold, wise, magical, and authentic novel about youthful infatuation and its legacy. Hannah Pittard’s beautifully confident prose is sure to make readers look back on their own teenage years with fresh wonder.”
—Vendela Vida, author of The Lovers


Already acclaimed for her short fiction—a McSweeney’s Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award winner whose work was selected by Salman Rushdie for inclusion in 2008 Best American Short Stories’ 100 Distinguished Stories—Hannah Pittard proves herself a master of long form fiction as well with her haunting, masterfully crafted debut novel, The Fates Will Find Their Way. A powerful and beautiful literary masterwork reminiscent of The Virgin Suicides, Pittard’s The Fates Will Find Their Way tells the unforgettable story of a teenaged girl gone missing, and the boys she grew up with who find themselves caught in the mysterious wake of her absence for the rest of their lives.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “What emerges from the narration instead of facts are exquisite details that translate instantly into memory.” 

    New York Times Book Review 

  • “A stunning novel about making up stories as we go along…[a] mesmerizing debut…with every carefully chosen word—and in this short, intense novel, each one counts—Pittard brilliantly draws us into the maturing consciousness of a group of neighborhood boys.”  

    O, the Oprah Magazine 

  • The Fates Will Find Their Way is concerned with searching questions rather than the relief of resolution. What might have been a frustrating approach in a lesser novel proves compelling in this one.”  

    Boston Globe

  • “Engaging and vigorously told…I heard all sorts of echoes from other books, from Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones and some of Joyce Carol Oates’ stories and novels…Pittard’s excellent first novel satisfies this demand in spades.” 

    Chicago Tribune

  • “This is a stunning first novel told in the first person plural with devastating results.”  


  • “A wistful novel about how little we know of one another, but how eager we are to tape together a collage of rumors, assumptions and fantasies to answer questions we’re too young, too cowardly or too polite to ask…Chilling and touching…harrowingly wise about the melancholy process of growing up.”  

    Washington Post

  • Selected for the February 2011 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose | 5/24/2011

    " Really excellent. Very well told story with beautiful writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emilie | 5/17/2011

    " Similar to The Virgin Suicides in both story and tone. I liked it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen | 5/9/2011

    " I really don't know why I kept reading this book. It was so full of conjecture, what may have happened. So unsatifying. I really wanted to tell these teenage boys, now grown men to grow up and go home to their wives and families. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lynn | 5/7/2011

    " No, uh uh... Didn't think the author was able to pull off the book from the viewpoint of males. The concept was good, but this didn't work for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 5/4/2011

    " a teenage girl goes missing and life goes on. The book is about the aftermath and the group of peers that go on with their life speculating about the disappearance and what "might have been" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tess | 5/4/2011

    " Really intriguing concept but found the writing style/voice difficult to follow at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corey | 5/3/2011

    " Looks like somebody read The Virgin Suicides and thought "I could do that," and then did. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren | 5/2/2011

    " Good writing, odd and disturbing "storyline," which it kind of is and kind of isn't. I wouldn't recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mimi | 5/2/2011

    " Quick read. Really enjoyed the workings of a small town, and seeing this group of friends grow up. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kalen | 4/26/2011

    " I liked the jacket a lot. One of the best of the year so far. "

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About the Author
Author Hannah Pittard

Hannah Pittard’s fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Oxford American, Mississippi Review, BOMB, Nimrod, and StoryQuarterly and was included in 2008 Best American Short Stories’ 100 Distinguished Stories. She is the recipient of the 2006 Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award, a graduate of the University of Virginia’s MFA program, and the author of the novel The Fates Will Find Their Way. She divides her time between Charlottesville and Chicago, where she currently teaches fiction at DePaul University.

About the Narrator

Scott Shepherd is best known for his work with two internationally celebrated theater companies, the Wooster Group and Elevator Repair Service. He was the narrator of Gatz, a seven-hour staging of the entire text of The Great Gatsby, for which he won an Obie and an Elliot Norton Award.