The Fates Will Find Their Way

The Fates Will Find Their Way

A Novel

Book - 2011
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"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

Already acclaimed for her short fiction--a McSweeney's 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, Pittard's 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.

Publisher: New York : Ecco, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061996054
006199605X
Characteristics: 243 p. ; 21 cm

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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 02, 2016

Language is a powerful tool. It can enrage the timid, soothe a lost crew at sea, and motivate the masses to march. If nothing else, language is a seducer. And from the pen of Hannah Pittard, it certainly does seduce.
I love... (no, this is an instance where I choose to type like a freshman girl who picked Bobby Quarterback's pen up from the floor). I love, love, LOVE!!!! Pittard's language. Love it! OMG. Pittard uses words in a way I envy. She's insightful. Poetic. And yet it's all done so subtly. Really quite brilliant. Her craft is strong and I believe, one day, she'll be quite a force in the literary world.
The Fates Will Find Their Way is a gorgeous read, but it is missing one vital component: story. No matter how beautiful the sentences come together, without story, it holds little weight. Shakespeare skillfully unveiled language, but what would Romeo and Juliet be without Capulets and Montagues? Without Romeo and Juliet? A year from now, if a friend asks me what The Fates Will Find Their Way is about, I'll probably say, "It's about a missing girl, and uhmm... the guys who... miss her, I guess." And then I'll rave about the language. It probably won't be enough to convince my friend.
Pittard has gained my admiration. I look forward to reading more of her work. My sincerest hope is that her next offering is a bit heavier in story. Pittard's words + Memorable Story = OMG!!!!!!!

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gvlee
Sep 06, 2013

The writing is poetic and haunting, but the story is pointless and lacks plot. If you like a story driven by characterisation, with very little plot, this is for you.

jmlo92 Jun 26, 2013

I really disliked this book. The story was disturbing and graphic to say the least and I felt the whole plot to be flat and quite a let down.

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Jul 30, 2012

More than a little bit creepy, but none the less captivating.

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jagdip
Oct 03, 2011

Could barely get through this book, found it very boring and couldn't wait to just finish it.

FearlessReader Mar 12, 2011

A haunting tale of adolescence and the events that shape our lives. It may look like a teen or young adult novel but the book and story go far beyond that. True psychological fiction that most of us who grew up in the suburban U.S. during the 80's and 90's will relate to.

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jmlo92 Jun 26, 2013

jmlo92 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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