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Lauren Groff is a three-time National Book Award finalist and the New York Times bestselling author of four novels, The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, Fates and Furies and Matrix, and two short story collections, Delicate Edible Birds and Florida. She has won The Story Prize and been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her work regularly appears in the New Yorker, the Atlantic and elsewhere, and she was named one of Granta's 2017 Best Young American Novelists.
Visionary leader, queer lover, 12th-century writer ... the life of
Marie de France is triumphantly reimagined in an assertively modern
novel about female ambition and creativity... a highly distinctive
novel of great vigour and boldness. From mystical visions that
may or may not be divine, to the earthy business of abbey pigs,
diseases and account books, Groff does it all with purpose and
panache * Guardian *
Groff's writing is muscular and precise, her themes wildly resonant. Women are dismissed and contained, subject to misogynist attacks and abuse, but gain power collectively - "alone, together". Shockingly, this message is as poignant today as it was, perhaps, 800 years ago * Sunday Times *
A dazzlingly clever tale . . . gorgeously precise prose, always elegantly weighted and perfectly economical * The Times *
Pitch-perfect * Telegraph *
This is a remarkable novel: unusual, profound, transcendental * Evening Standard *