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The Fates Will Find Their Way
The Fates Will Find Their Way: A Novel | Hannah Pittard
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A bold, wise, magical, and authentic novel about youthful infatuation and its legacy. Hannah Pittards beautifully confident prose is sure to make readers look back on their own teenage years with fresh wonder. Vendela Vida, author of The Lovers Already acclaimed for her short fictiona McSweeneys Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award winner whose work was selected by Salman Rushdie for inclusion in 2008 Best American Short Stories 100 Distinguished StoriesHannah Pittard proves herself a master of long form fiction as well with her haunting, masterfully crafted debut novel, The Fates Will Find Their Way. A powerful and beautiful literary masterwork reminiscent of The Virgin Suicides, Pittards The Fates Will Find Their Way tells the unforgettable story of a teenaged girl gone missing, and the boys she grew up with who find themselves caught in the mysterious wake of her absence for the rest of their lives.
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NatalieR
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16-year-old Nora goes missing on Halloween. Her male peers speculate what happened to her as they grow into adulthood. The timeline switches back and forth from their teenage years to adulthood. Powerful writing that definitely stirs up nostalgia. #MountTBR #LitsyAtoZ #LetterP #ReadingUSA2019 #Kentucky (Hannah is a professor at the University of Kentucky.)

Hooked_on_books Sounds interesting. I have one of her books on my nook. Good to know—I can use it for Kentucky. 10mo
Librarybelle Sounds interesting! 10mo
BarbaraBB Sounds good! 10mo
Kaye Sounds interesting. I like what she wrote with her autograph. 😊 10mo
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Chellebearss
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👎🏼👎🏼Nora goes missing when she is 16 and leaves behind a group of boys from the school she attends. As the boys age they imagine what could have happened to Nora. The book is basically alternating story lines of what happened in the boys lives as youth and what they imagined Nora's life to have been after she disappeared.
It was a mediocre read for me until I got to the quote in comments and then it totally stopped working for me #53of2018

Chellebearss "somewhere in the middle of all of it, somewhere in the dancing and the drinking and the sheer enjoyment of life as it is meant to be lived, Nora Lindell would have fallen in love. She would have fallen in love with a woman. Why? Simple. Because we are men. And so let us say that she fell for a woman" 2y
Bostonmomx2 Well that‘s just....weird. 2y
azulaco ...what? Does it make more sense in context? 2y
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Chellebearss @Bostonmomx2 ya, the whole concept of the book didn‘t work for me. A little odd. 2y
Chellebearss @azulaco possibly, but it didn‘t work for me. 2y
Clare-Dragonfly Wow, this sounds like everything I didn‘t like about The Virgin Suicides without the aspects I did like. 2y
Chellebearss @Clare-Dragonfly actually a review I read compared the two and VS came out on top lol. 2y
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wallacereads
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After a fun frolic with some library books I am back to tackling my #mountTBRchallenge.

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erinreads
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Spent wisely on #SmallBusinessSaturday today at the indie bookstore near me in DC. They were offering a free tote bag with a purchase of $30 or more, so challenge accepted! The bottom two are my husband‘s and the top four are mine. And NOW I‘ll stop buying ALL OF THE BOOKS until after Christmas. 😬

Chrissyreadit Is it a fun bookstore? I keep thinking I need to check it out when I‘m in DC. 2y
erinreads @Chrissyreadit It‘s a great store and the staff are super friendly! Also, the sale section downstairs is 👌🏻 (edited) 2y
Chrissyreadit Excellent will def have to check it out!!! 2y
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jfalkens Christmas book bans are the worst 😫 I couldn't shop any of Book Outlet or Thriftbooks sales 😢😭 2y
erinreads @jfalkens I‘ve gone so overboard lately with buying books, so this is a much needed ban! 😂 2y
jfalkens @erinreads I have plenty of books on my tbr bookshelves(214 plus 78 on my tbr incomplete series) but I always want more books 😂 2y
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Linds
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I enjoyed this book and it's meditation on loss and collective imagination and male friendship. It gave me Irving vibes, probably because it's written in earnest boy voice.
It can be summarized by these two quotes from near the end:
"I can't tell if this is creepy or not,' he said....I feel like maybe that's been the problem most of my life."

"Why did we want it to end that way? Simple: because it's all we could imagine."

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RealLifeReading
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Lunch and a book - rice porridge with ground pork and carrots and that's pork floss on top. I'm quite liking this book about a missing girl.

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RealLifeReading
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Well I was planning on reading this during my younger boy's swim class but ended up helping 6yo with his homework instead.

katedensen I remember liking this one a lot! 3y
kspenmoll That's Mom! 3y
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Yournewfriendsams
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Gosh, I really enjoyed this book! In every aspect, it is so artfully written. The story seamlessly bounces between reality and imagination, past and present. The writing is dreamy and light while packing a strong emotional punch. The narrator is an anonymous character, yet the epitome of the entire cast.

What a thoughtful glimpse of growing-up and moving-on. I'm so glad I finally pick it from my shelf. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Cinfhen Nice review 💕 3y
saresmoore Yep, this sounds great. And I agree with @Cinfhen ! 3y
Cinfhen 😊💕😂 @saresmoore 3y
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Yournewfriendsams
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This book is so good! Why did it sit on my shelf so long? If you enjoyed The Trouble with Goats and Sheep or The Virgin Suicides, you would probably like this too!

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Yournewfriendsams
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Sundays, am I right?!?

Starting this one today; @mauveandrosysky you're one of only three people who have posted about this on Litsy! Your review is encouraging!!

LitHousewife I loved that book so much!!!! 3y
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nrheckel
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Mehso-so

I really liked this story and would have really enjoyed it, but I was super uncomfortable with the way she talked about both race and gender. It could have been intentional, but I still really couldn't get on board.

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mauveandrosysky
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This complex, character-driven novel offers a fresh take on the common trope of the missing teenager, filled with plenty of Pittard‘s signature psychological insights. Often in life we don‘t get the catharsis of finding all the answers; The Fates Will Find Their Way is a meditation on this harsh truth. Told in first person plural, it has a haunting, ethereal tone similar to The Virgin Suicides.

MrBook Great review! 😊👍🏻 4y
Notafraidofwords I'm sold! 4y
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mauveandrosysky
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mauveandrosysky
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Today doesn't suck. 😏 Beautiful day at Jenness Beach in Rye, NH! ☀️

BookBerries How wonderful!! 4y
Hobbinol I wish I were reading over your shoulder. Nothing like a book on a beach.🌊🌊🌊🐚 4y
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