Review: The Fates Will Find Their Way by Hannah Pittard

“Beautifully written with prose like quality, you feel as if you are an intruder on the lives and secret thoughts of those who miss Nora Lindell.”

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Title:The Fates Will Find Their Way
Author:Pittard, Hannah
Publisher:Ecco
Pages:256

From Goodreads: Sixteen-year-old Nora Lindell is missing. And the neighborhood boys she’s left behind are caught forever in the heady current of her absence.

As the days and years pile up, the mystery of her disappearance grows kaleidoscopically. A collection of rumors, divergent suspicions, and tantalizing what-ifs, Nora Lindell’s story is a shadowy projection of teenage lust, friendship, reverence, and regret, captured magically in the disembodied plural voice of the boys who still long for her.

Told in haunting, percussive prose, Hannah Pittard’s beautifully crafted novel tracks the emotional progress of the sister Nora left behind, the other families in their leafy suburban enclave, and the individual fates of the boys in her thrall. Far more eager to imagine Nora’s fate than to scrutinize their own, the boys sleepwalk into an adulthood of jobs, marriages, families, homes, and daughters of their own, all the while pining for a girl–and a life–that no longer exists, except in the imagination.

A masterful literary debut that shines a light into the dream-filled space between childhood and all that follows, The Fates Will Find Their Way is a story about the stories we tell ourselves–of who we once were and may someday become.

The Fates Will Find Their Way by Hannah Pittard is one of the more beautiful books I have read in my lifetime. I felt like I was watching the passing of time and living my life secretly along with the boys who miss Nora. At first as the reader I wanted to know what did happen to Nora, but the feeling passes and you are waiting with bated breath for the next story the boys concoct of her disappearance and later the stories they tell about themselves.

Pittard hits the nail on the head of life in suburbia. The boys and girls and eventually men and women do what their parents did before them. They seem mildly apathetic, due to the loss of Nora and the what if’s plaguing their lives. I think I was most sensitive to Danny whose mother killed herself because she had cancer, and whose father was a raging alcoholic. The boys while kind to him never truly respected him or saw him as a peer growing up. Trey I wondered a lot about in the beginning of the book, the road he took for himself seemed genuine.

I just can’t say enough about this book. It is a unique opportunity into the minds of others. There is laughter, tears, and heartbreak and you will be engrossed on every page turn.

FTC Disclosure: I received this title from the lovely Mark at Harper Collins for the purpose of review.

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8 Responses so far

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    I would love this book. Sounds wonderful.

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    Holy cow. This looks really great. I love beautiful, well written books. More than plot. More than character. More than whatever else anyone could want out of a book. ;O)

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    Great review! I have it too and can’t wait to get there!

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    Yes, please! Sounds amazing.

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    I really loved this book too. I just felt so drawn into their world.

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    I really want to read this one. It sounds great. I heard it was compared to the Virgin Suicides which I also enjoyed.

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    This book sounds great. I would love to win it.

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    Oh, I ampicking up THE FATES WILL FIND THEIR WAY from the library hold shelf today! I read ROOM because of you, so I am now super-psyched to read FATES.
    Helen Ellis

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