Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Review : The Fates Will Find Their Way

The Fates Will Find Their Way by Hannah Pittard. Ecco/HarperCollins, 2011. (Published today!)

[Source: HarperCollins]

The Fates Will Find Their Way charts the lives of those left behind after the disappearance of a neighborhood girl, Nora Lindell. Nora was sixteen when she went missing, and the mystery is never solved. The boys she went to school with grow into men, but Nora and her possible fate always lurks in their minds. I was surprised and yet not at all surprised by the draw she continues to have on these men. Through the voice of an unknown male narrator, Hannah Pittard shares their speculations on Nora’s possible endings and the fates of all those who knew her. The narrative bounces back and forth between childhood memories and adulthood, and it works perfectly.

What I found amazing about The Fates Will Find Their Way was Pittard’s ability to convey the hold Nora and her family held over these boys/men at the same time showing how their lives all unfold in a very normal, suburban way. Despite their fascination and continued reflection on Nora, she really has very little effect on their own fates. Even Nora’s younger sister, Sissy, is somehow able to construct a normal life for herself.

I was interested in reading The Fates Will Find Their Way because the story seemed reminiscent in theme and style to The Virgin Suicides, a book I read years ago and enjoyed a great deal. While it is similar, Pittard’s writing stands fully on its own. I was fascinated by this book and sped through it on Christmas Eve day. The Fates Will Find Their Way is a truly wonderful book. I highly recommend you read it as soon as possible.

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  1. Every review I've read of this book raves about it. I need to get my hands on it.

  2. Sounds like an interesting read. I'll have to add this to my pile. Excellent review, and I love it when a book reminds you of another good read. I'll have to check on that one as well. :)

  3. yes, that collective voice of the narrator is similar to Eugenides' THE VIRGIN SUICIDES! I knew I had experienced something like this before, but couldn't put my fingers on whether it was a book, or voice-over in a movie - Thanks for solving the mystery!

    This novel has really stayed with me - all kinds of memories from high school and people I've known but lost touch with. Powerful in so many ways ...

  4. Glad I could help you figure it out, Dawn! :) I'm glad to see this novel is getting so much positive attention.