The time has come, dear readers for us to tell you our next bloggy book group selection and it is . . . insert drum roll . . . Matrix, by Lauren Groff
Set in France in 1158, the novel tells the story of Marie de France, an orphan who is exiled from court and sent to be the prioress of an impoverished abbey. Little is known about the real Marie de France, which gives Groff complete poetic license to create a story of female power in a time where only men were valued. I only just started the book yesterday and I can already tell that it’s brilliant. Groff is an incredibly gifted writer (if you haven’t read Fates and Furies then make sure you read it right after this one) and she brings all of those gifts to this book. There are numerous articles on how she was inspired to write the book, the reviews are terrific, and it’s on the longlist for the National Book Award.
We thought long and hard about our book for this round but ultimately I think we made a great choice and I hope you will agree! We will be having our discussion on January 11th so you’ve got plenty of time to read this one, even if you might have to wait a bit to get it from the library.