Matrix by Lauren Groff


One of our best American writers, Lauren Groff returns with her exhilarating first new novel since the groundbreakingย Fates and Furies.

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Our Booksellers say:

“Medieval lesbian nuns — need I say more?! But seriously, this novel is about Marie of France (described very similar to the Brienne of Tarth), her relationship with Eleanor of Aquitaine (AKA one of the most badass queens of history), and her journey of coming into her own power. If you’re looking for a book in which women take power in a world where that’s not easily done, this is the novel for you. It questions the traditionally “divine,” what it means to be a woman, and what a sanctuary for women might look like (and how the world might react). Maybe you’re just into medieval stories, maybe you like to read a book that passes the Bechdel test by a country mile, or maybe you just want a great read that’ll have you thinking — regardless, you should give this novel a read!”

~ Christine

This is a must read for people who love historical fiction. The sheer amount of research Groff did is shown through Marie’s social position to showing major historical moments by weaving them into the plot to detailing the daily routine of the nuns in the abbey. This book discusses queerness in a time when it wasn’t yet conceptualized, mental health, what women must do to obtain and keep power, disability and the social model around it, and understanding why abbeys were seen as a haven for women. All of this is wrapped up in Christian Mysticism from the 1100s!

– Ndobe ๐Ÿ™‚

Cast out of the royal court by Eleanor of Aquitaine, deemed too coarse and rough-hewn for marriage or courtly life, seventeen-year-old Marie de France is sent to England to be the new prioress of an impoverished abbey, its nuns on the brink of starvation and beset by disease.

At first taken aback by the severity of her new life, Marie finds focus and love in collective life with her singular and mercurial sisters. In this crucible, Marie steadily supplants her desire for family, for her homeland, for the passions of her youth with something new to her: devotion to her sisters, and a conviction in her own divine visions. Marie, born the last in a long line of women warriors and crusaders, is determined to chart a bold new course for the women she now leads and protects. But in a world that is shifting and corroding in frightening ways, one that can never reconcile itself with her existence, will the sheer force of Marieโ€™s vision be bulwark enough?

Equally alive to the sacred and the profane,ย Matrixย gathers currents of violence, sensuality, and religious ecstasy in a mesmerizing portrait of consuming passion, aberrant faith, and a woman that history moves both through and around. Lauren Groffโ€™s new novel, her first sinceย Fates and Furies, is a defiant and timely exploration of the raw power of female creativity in a corrupted world.

Matrix by Lauren Groff
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