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The Fates Will Find Their Wayby Hannah Pittard
Told through melodic, purposeful prose from a first-person-plural perspective, Hannah Pittard's stunning debut novel is an eerie, perfectly pitched recounting of adolescence that skillfully captures the blurred line between the tangible and the imagined. Keep an eye on this writer.
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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.
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 is about a disappearance, but it's also about the difficulty of growing up, of moving into adulthood and letting go. It's a brilliant and beautifully written work." The Millions
"A dreamlike cross between The Virgin Suicide and The Lovely Bones." Time magazine
"A stunning novel about making up stories as we go along...[a] mesmerizing debut...with every carefully chosen word — and in this short, intense novel, each one counts — Pittard brilliantly draws us into the maturing consciousness of a group of neighborhood boys." O, the Oprah Magazine
"The Fates Will Find Their Way is concerned with searching questions rather than the relief of resolution. What might have been a frustrating approach in a lesser novel proves compelling in this one." Boston Globe
"This novel uncovers creepy male sexuality in every form and facet by recounting the way a local girl's disappearance traumatized a group of suburban men and revealing their morbid fantasies about her ultimate fate...The Virgin Suicides, but without the virgins." Details
"The Fates Will Find Their Way is...about the way our imaginations can carry us from a dispiriting selfishness to a nascent empathy, and the way we continue to inflict — or even just observe — pain until that empathy arrives." Jim Shepard
"A debut novel sure to linger with readers...Though relatively brief, the novel has great depth, enhanced by Pittard's precision of language. The result is a stimulating examination of loss, memory, history, and perception and how the past never leaves — indeed is the main factor in the present." Publishers Weekly, Galley Talk
"The Fates Will Find Their Way is simply tremendous — a beautiful, roving, restless and relentless exploration of a crime. It would be almost too sad to bear the implications of this story if it weren't for the warmth, hope, and kindness of its haunting prose." Patrick Somerville, author of The Cradle
"Pittard gives the secret wink to the reader, because a story is only a story, but at the same time more than a story, and that's why we love to invent and why we love to listen and to be taken in. At our peril." Ann Beattie, author of Walks With Me
"The Fates Will Find Their Way is a bold, wise, magical, and authentic novel about youthful infatuation and its legacy. Hannah Pittard's beautifully confident prose is sure to make readers look back on their own teenage years with fresh wonder." Vendela Vida, author of The Lovers
“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.”
Already acclaimed for her short fiction—a McSweeneys Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award winner whose work was selected by Salman Rushdie for inclusion in 2008 Best American Short Stories 100 Distinguished Stories—Hannah 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.
About the Author
Hannah Pittard's fiction has appeared in McSweeney's, the Oxford American, the Mississippi Review, BOMB, Nimrod, and StoryQuarterly, and was included in 2008 Best American Short Stories' 100 Distinguished Stories. She is the recipient of the 2006 Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award and a graduate of the University of Virginia's MFA program. She divides her time between Charlottesville and Chicago, where she currently teaches fiction at DePaul University.
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