31 July 2015

Fates and Furies; Lauren Groff

Fates and FuriesFates and Furies by Lauren Groff
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

IMVHO, a much better book than Arcadia (which diminished each time Groff switched eras). The life that Lotto and Mathilde have is, as all marriages are, not the same from each point-of-view. The Lotto-centric "Fates" side is a little more surreal, with slightly snarky asides and interjections, not to mention a better narrative flow. Mathilde's "Furies" story fills in some of the gaps, sometimes ones we didn't know were there. The two sides do work together nicely, and while their voices aren't that different, they are different enough for it to work (probably because this isn't one of those books told in alternative chapters). There were some parts that, at the end, didn't quite get resolved (Sallie and Rachel's devotion to Mathilde was, for me, unexplained) but overall, a good read.

ARC provided by publisher.

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