Lauren Groff

  • Matrix

  • A remarkable and wholly original historical novel by the bestselling author of 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 and religious ecstasy in a mesmerising portrait of consuming passion, aberrant faith and a woman that history moves both through and around.



    'Groff's lush writing has a compelling awareness of what is unsaid.' The Times

    'Lauren Groff is a writer of rare gifts.' New York Times

    'A marvellous writer ... She's so vitally talented.' Meg Wolitzer

    'Groff writes with an imaginative compassion and intellectual force.' Independent

Lauren Groff is the New York Times bestselling author of three novels, The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia and Fates and Furies, and the celebrated short story collections Delicate Edible Birds and Florida. Her work has been featured in the New Yorker, Harper's, the Atlantic and several Best American Short Stories anthologies. She has won the Paul Bowles Prize for Fiction, the PEN/O. Henry Award, the Pushcart Prize and the Story Prize; and has been a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Orange Award for New Writers and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize among others. In 2017, Lauren was named a Granta Best of Young American Novelist. In 2018, she received a Guggenheim fellowship in fiction and a Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She lives in Gainesville, Florida with her husband, two sons and dog.

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