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‘Fates and Furies’ vs. ‘Fire And Fury’: Lauren Groff Weighs in

Lauren Groff, the author of the National Book Award-nominated novel Fates and Furies, has responded hilariously to similarities in the title of her acclaimed novel and that of the incendiary tell-all Fire and Furywhich offers an insider look at Trump’s White House. “It’d be excellent if ten percent of all the people who want to read that other book with F. and Fury in its title accidentally bought my novel instead,” she said in a tweet on January 4th, followed by another on January 5th drawing comparisons not only between the titles of the two works but also the central figures.




Groff’s novel follows the lives of a married couple, Lotto and Mathilde. Goodreads says:


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.


As the story progresses, it becomes clear that nothing is ever quite what it seems, and love can drive people to unthinkable ends. (It’s an amazing book, I would 10/10 recommend as I suspect Groff of being a genius…maybe even a veritable ‘stable genius.’)


Groff is best known for Fates and Furies but has four other books under her belt, including The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, Delicate Edible Birds: And Other Stories and an upcoming collection of short stories, entitled Florida


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