ISBN: 1594634491
EAN13: 9781594634499
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 7, 2021
Pages: 272
Dimensions: 0.69" H x 9" L x 6" W
Weight: 1.07 lbs.
Format: Hardcover


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Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2021 by Time, Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Vulture, The Guardian, and more.

One of our best American writers, Lauren Groff returns with her exhilarating first new novel since the groundbreaking Fates and Furies.

Cast out of the royal court by Eleanor of Aquitaine, deemed too coarse and rough-hewn for marriage or courtly life, seventeen-year-old Marie de France is sent to England to be the new prioress of an impoverished abbey, its nuns on the brink of starvation and beset by disease.

At first taken aback by the severity of her new life, Marie finds focus and love in collective life with her singular and mercurial sisters. In this crucible, Marie steadily supplants her desire for family, for her homeland, for the passions of her youth with something new to her: devotion to her sisters, and a conviction in her own divine visions. Marie, born the last in a long line of women warriors and crusaders, is determined to chart a bold new course for the women she now leads and protects. But in a world that is shifting and corroding in frightening ways, one that can never reconcile itself with her existence, will the sheer force of Marie's vision be bulwark enough?

Equally alive to the sacred and the profane, Matrix gathers currents of violence, sensuality, Read More chevron_right

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   Had to force myself to read it.
The third person was dull, the obsession with the main character's sexual feelings boring, and if you already have a good grasp of what people and life were like in the 1100's, there is not much to recommend in this book. I didn't care for the descriptions and found it slow-paced. Even though I am hosting the club the day we discuss Matrix, I can't force myself to get past page 100, even though I enjoy reading fiction and nonfiction about a book a week. I suppose it will appeal to less impatient readers because the most intellectual member of the club suggested it. It didn't move me or make me think.
   Strong writing but questionable morals in the story
A great writer, obviously. Some of the words used were olden and will need to be looked up in a dictionary. A medieval, fantasy, hero story. It might be feminist sexual, depending on your tastes. The nuns are lusting after other nuns. I was challenged to read past the religious hypocrisy. I wasn't expecting that. Some may have no problem. I didn't finish the book after returning it. A heads up.
   Good writing, pedestrian thinking
Groff is a good writer but not an interesting thinker. The fantasy is a feminist wish-fulfillment fantasy. Adding Marie's visions and premonitions doesn't help. A straight-forwardly sci-fi treatment of a feminist utopia, such as Herland or Wonder Woman, would be better.
The author is a gifted writer who evokes time, place and the inner life of the main character. The story is very, very dull and it moves at a snail's pace. I wish this book would end soon and that Ken would be there.
I would give either Fates and Furies or Florida a 5-star rating. I didn't like the style of the book and didn't care for it. The plot and the characters were not compelling. There are many books that are worth the time to read. I wouldn't recommend this one to you.
   terrific read!
Eleanor of Aquitaine exiled Marie from court and sent her to be a prioress at a nunnery. She is taller than many men and is hampered by herself. It turned out to be the best thing that could have happened to Marie and the nuns, whose lives and fortunes she turns around through sheer determination and visions. I loved the writing of this book, not only for the characters but also for the other nuns. Groff has a way of keeping you reading and pulling you in. It's fitting since it's in the 12th century. Marie is not perfect. Some of her decisions result in horrible outcomes for women. Thanks to the person who wrote the story. A great read, I recommend it.