Book Review | Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff: A Pretentious Mess

Title: Fates and Furies
Author: Lauren Groff
Genre: Adult – Literary Fiction
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Release Date: September 15, 2015
Pages: 400


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.


Just don’t bother with this book. I thought about it for 10 minutes and I honestly can not point out a single thing I liked about Fates and Furies. I can, however, tell you what I didn’t like. (Spoiler Alert: Everything!)

Groff’s Writing Style

Oh, boy. This is the big one. There were so many weird and overwrought descriptions of things in this book. You could tell she was trying to write in a way that would be perceived as “good literature”, but it just came off as trying too hard. I can’t tell you how many times I read lines from this book and rolled my eyes.

The Characters

I found all the characters, especially Lotto and Mathilde, to be pretty vapid and self-involved. Even though Groff did give us a lot of details about their upbringings and we spent two decades with them, they still felt like very flat characters. I don’t know how she managed to pull that off.

No Attachment = No Impact

I felt nothing for these characters. Not a single thing. The kicker of this book is supposed to be the “secrets” that Lotto and Mathilde kept from each other throughout their marriage. If you don’t feel anything for the characters then the reveal of these secrets have no impact on you. If that’s the case, what’s the point of even reading this book?

 Me reading the “Big Reveal”

Considering I liked pretty much nothing about this, I should give it 1 star, but underneath all the purple prose, I do think Groff is a good writer. And so for that, Fates and Furies gets…

2 stars!



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