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Sixteen-year-old Nora Lindell is missing, and the neighborhood boys she has left behind are caught forever in the heady current of her absence.

As the days and years pile up, the mystery of her disappearance grows kaleidoscopically. A collection of rumors, divergent suspicions, and tantalizing what-ifs, Nora Lindell’s story is a shadowy projection of teenage lust, friendship, reverence, and regret, captured magically in the disembodied plural voice of the boys who still long for her.

Told in haunting, percussive prose, Hannah Pittard’s beautifully crafted novel tracks the emotional progress of the sister that Nora left behind, the other families in their leafy suburban enclave, and the individual fates of the boys in her thrall. Far more eager to imagine Nora’s fate than to scrutinize their own, the boys sleepwalk into an adulthood of jobs, marriages, families, homes, and daughters of their own, all the while pining for a girl—and a life—that no longer exists, except in the imagination.

A masterful literary debut that shines a light into the dream-filled space between childhood and all that follows, The Fates Will Find Their Way is a story about the stories we tell ourselves—of who we once were and may someday become.

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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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