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Riverhead Books
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6.37 X 9.34 X 0.97 inches | 0.97 pounds

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About the Author

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.


Praise for Matrix

[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

Incandescent. . .Woven from Groff's trademark ecstatic sentences and brimming with spiritual fervor, Matrix is 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

The medieval nun drama you didn't know you needed. . . . The femme energy in this book is strong, with hardly a man to be found in 272 pages . . . Fans. . . . will appreciate [Groff's] gift for conjuring isolated communities, places where people are forced together by faith and circumstance -- and the intimacies and frustrations that result. -Vulture

"A bold new direction for the accomplished writer."- Vogue

"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

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

"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