Author: Lauren Groff
Publication Date: September 15, 2015
Pages: 400 (hardcover)
My Rating: 2/10
Overview: Marriage isn't easy. When two people with two very different personalities decide to wed, their lives become combined and sometimes, they can become combustible.
Fates and Furies follows Lotto and Matilde during their two decade plus marriage through thick and thin and every time in between.
What I loved: Well, I honestly don't have much for this section. I initially bought this book because I had seen rave reviews online, but it did not live up to the hype. Some parts were captivating, but they were few and far between. Some of the wording was beautiful and memorable, but again, these parts were sporadic.
I wish I had more positive things to say, but you can't win 'em all.
What I didn't: This is by far the strangest book I've ever read. I felt like the author, Groff, was trying too hard to be flowery and fancy in her writing. It didn't seem fluid or linear. Chapters would jump forward several years without any warning. It was just too strange for my taste. Too much prose and too many odd sequences.
Also, there really wasn't a specific plot, per se. The story followed the couple, but not much actually happened. I felt lost throughout the entire book and was also very confused and wondered where it was going, if anywhere at all.
It was also extremely difficult to get to know either of the narrators. Lotto was arrogant and self-absorbed and Matilde just seemed desperate and immature.
I basically forced myself to finish this one so it wouldn't be a total waste of time. I do not recommend this book.