The Furious Fist and The Open Hand of Fate: The New & Noteworthy Book Club Weaves Through Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies

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fates&furies“Tell me the difference between tragedy and comedy…There is no difference. It’s a question of perspective. Storytelling is a landscape, and tragedy is comedy is drama. It simply depends on how you frame what you’re seeing.” (High school literature substitute Denton Thrasher could be the authentic voice of Lauren Groff–or another unnamed goddess of circumstance.)

I have read reviews of Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies that mention that this is a realistic story about a marriage. And that’s true, but it’s mostly about the parts that make up a marriage: the partners. The story of a marriage has to be told by each part. Lancelot “Lotto” Satterwhite’s story is told in the first section called “The Fates.” His marriage, like himself, is complacent, naive, and even optimistic. He pegs his gorgeous wife Mathilde as “a pathological truth-teller,” but he really talks about himself, revealing his core value and virtue. Lotto…

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