Afternoon Book Group – Fates and Furies

The Dighton Library’s Afternoon Book group is meeting Thursday, August 29 at 4:00 to discuss Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. Copies of this book are available at the library. Pick up September’s book while you are here!

From Library Journal:  “/* Starred Review */ “In this surprising and complex love story, Groff (Arcadia ) explores the obsessive nature of love.

The first half of the novel is told from the viewpoint of the magnetic Lancelot “Lotto” Satterwhite, whose pleasant childhood ends when his wealthy father dies, leaving him and  his younger sister in the hands of their unbalanced mother, Antoinette. After a tortured adolescence spent at a boarding school, Lotto blossoms in college, becoming an acclaimed actor and  an eminent womanizer—until he meets the mysterious loner, Mathilde. After the two marry impulsively, Antoinette cuts off Lotto from his inheritance, but he eventually finds fame as a playwright with Mathilde by his side.

In the book’s second half, we see events from Mathilde’s perspective. While in the first section she seems quietly supportive, her character is revealed to have a dark undercurrent of cold calculation, and readers will question everything that has come before.

VERDICT Like a classic tragedy, Groff’s novel offers high drama, hubris, and  epic love, complete with Greek chorus-like asides. A singular and  compelling literary read, populated with extraordinary characters; highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 3/16/15.]— Joy Humphrey, Pepperdine Univ. Law Lib., Malibu, CA –Joy Humphrey (Reviewed June 1, 2015) (Library Journal, vol 140, issue 10, p86)”