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Matrix
A Novel
By (author): Lauren Groff
Lauren Groff

Imprint:

Riverhead Books

ISBN:

9781594634499

Product Form:

Hardcover
Hardcover
English

Audience:

General Trade
Sep 07, 2021
$37.00 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

9.26in x 6.21 x 0.92 in | 0.99 lb

Page Count:

272 pages
Riverhead
Riverhead Books
FICTION / Literary
 
National Book Award 2021, Long-listed
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, and religious ecstasy in a mesmerizing portrait of consuming passion, aberrant faith, and a woman that history moves both through and around. Lauren Groff’s new novel, her first since Fates and Furies, is a defiant and timely exploration of the raw power of female creativity in a corrupted world.



Story Locale: 12th Century England and France

AUTHOR TRACK: Groff’s last two books were both National Book Award finalists, among other prizes. Debuting at #7 on the New York Times bestseller list, Fates and Furies remained on the list for 6 weeks in hardcover, and was named a #1 IndieNext pick. Her last book was a story collection (still selling as many copies as many successful novels). Her fans are devoted and they have been waiting for this next novel.

ACCLAIM: Groff’s is one of the most critically revered writers today. “Daringly nonconformist” (The New Yorker), “a writer of rare gifts” (NYT), who writes “like her hands are on fire” (NPR) and can “turn a sentence into a small hurricane” (NYT). And her profile has risen enormously since her last novel.

A GROUNDBREAKING WORK: Groff once again ingeniously defies expectations. She is writing about 12th century Europe while directly engaging in questions about life today, from climate change to feminism to the direction of humanity. The result is a book that connects equally with the mind and the heart.

A REMARKABLE READ: This is a short, swift, surprising, fevered read, propelled by passion, lust, risk, and obsession. (Yes, there is nun sex, as well as a romantic obsession with Eleanor of Aquitaine.)

INVESTMENT IN A SKYROCKETING CAREER: We own the rights to Lauren’s next three books as well.

Lauren Groff is a three-time National Book Award finalist and the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, Fates and Furies and Matrix, and the short story collections Delicate Edible Birds and Florida. She has won the Story Prize and has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Groff’s work regularly appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and else­where, and she was named one of Granta’s 2017 Best Young American Novelists.

Author Residence: Gainsville, Florida

Marketing: Social media and online promotion

Online advertising

Book club Promotion

LaurenGroff.com / Facebook / Twitter



Publicity: National electronic media

NPR interviews

National print and online reviews and features

National author tour



Author Website: LaurenGroff.com

Praise for Matrix:

“A radiant novel about the 12th-century poet and mystic Marie de France. . . Groff richly imagines Marie's decades of exile in a royal convent, which she eventually leads. A charged novel about female ambition.” - Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air

“Just when it seems there are nothing but chronicles of decline and ruin comes Lauren Groff’s Matrix, about a self-sufficient abbey of 12th-century nuns—a shining, all-female utopian community… it is finally its spirit of celebration that gives this novel its many moments of beauty.” -Wall Street Journal

"[T]hrilling and heartbreaking. Groff. . . crafts an electric work of historical fiction." -TIME

“[A] page-by-page pleasure as we soar with her. ” - New York Times Book Review

“Far more than a treat for history buffs. . . . [Groff] writes a creative, intelligent work that will last.” Boston Globe

"Incandescent. . . a radiant work of imagination and accomplishment." -Esquire

“In Lauren Groff’s hands, the tale of a medieval nunnery is must-read fiction." -The Washington Post

“Stunning . . .grand, mythic . . .feels both ancient and urgent, as holy as it is deeply human.”- Entertainment Weekly

“An electric reimagining . . . feminist, sensual . . . unforgettable.” – O, The Oprah Magazine

“An inspiring novel that truly demonstrates the power women wield, regardless of the era. It has sisterhood, love, war, sex …[Q]uite impossible to put down.” - NPR

“A relentless exhibition of Groff’s freakish talent. In just over 250 pages, she gives us a character study to rival Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell or Robert Caro’s Robert Moses.”– USA Today

"The medieval nun drama you didn’t know you needed." -Vulture

“A bold new direction for the accomplished writer.”- Vogue

“[I]n an appealingly unpredictable move, Lauren Groff has turned her attentions to 12th-century English nuns. The result is a highly distinctive novel of great vigour and boldness ... we are carried on the force of her style, and held by the strength of an intelligence that lets comedy and emotional complexity work together ... an assertively modern novel about leadership, ambition and enterprise, and about the communal life of individuals.”- The Guardian

"Transcendently beautiful … It’s surprisingly delicious to read fiction about a historical figure we know so little about.” -Shondaland

“A propulsive, enchanting, and emotionally charged read.” -Washington Independent Review of Books

“A mesmerizing study of faith, passion and violence.”- Harper's Bazaar

“Sumptuous, sublime . . engrossing.”- Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Expansive . . . . passionately feminist, funny and even a bit profane.”- Good Housekeeping

“This transportive and meditative tale that will swallow you up from the very start.” - Newsweek

“A premier stylist, [Groff] continues to grow….The voice she finds for Marie de France…will hold readers fast.” – Los Angeles Times

“Mesmerizing . . . . A bold, thrilling work that highlights the wild, wide range of Groff's imagination.” – Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“Groff’s . . . most daring work to date. . . . sumptuous but brisk storytelling mines the Dark Age abbey for veins of violence, humor, empowerment, and spirituality and forges something compelling, strange, and recognizable to modern eyes." – Philadelphia Inquirer

An unforgettable vision.” – Tampa Bay Times

“Both epic and intimate, this sweeping novel explores questions of female ambition, creativity and passion with electrifying prose and sparkling wit. A propulsive, captivating read.”-Brit Bennett, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Half

“An audacious piece of storytelling, full of passion, wisdom and magic.” -Sarah Waters, New York Times bestselling author of The Paying Guests

“A thrillingly vivid, adventurous story about women and power that will blow readers' minds. Left me gasping.” -Emma Donoghue, author of Room

“Luminous, divine, her masterpiece.”-Daisy Johnson, author of Sisters

Matrix is alive with lust and glory. In the incandescent Marie de France – visionary, cantankerous and uncowed by the constraints of her sex – Groff paints a portrait of sisterhood that shines out of the past and into the lives of women today.”-C Pam Zhang, author of How Much of These Hills is Gold

“Groff has created a labyrinth of jewel-like moments . . . and transformed it into a novel that is perfect for right now.”-BookPage, STARRED review

“Splendid with rich description and period vocabulary, this courageous and spine-tingling novel shows an incredible range for Groff (Florida, 2018), and will envelop readers fully in Marie's world, interior and exterior, all senses lit up. It is both a complete departure and an easy-to-envision tale of faith, power, and temptation.” - Booklist, STARRED review

"Set in early medieval Europe, this book paints a rousing portrait of an abbess seizing and holding power. . .Groff’s trademarkworthy sentences bring vivid buoyancy to a magisterial story." - Kirkus, STARRED review

“Transcendent prose and vividly described settings bring to life historic events, from the Crusades to the papal interdict of 1208. Groff has outdone herself with an accomplishment as radiant as Marie’s visions.” - Publishers Weekly, STARRED review

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