The Fates Will Find Their Way

The Fates Will Find Their Way

by Hannah Pittard
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The Fates Will Find Their Way 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Suspensemag More than 1 year ago
This is the most unusual book I've read in awhile, being in first person plural with lots of verb tenses that would be awkward for many writers. Not for Pittard, though. The story pursues the mystery of the elusive and enigmatic Nora through what-ifs, maybes and might have beens. Possible pasts are explored and discarded, though some are held onto by the group of boys as they progress through high school into adulthood. It starts as an angst-ridden drama of newly hormonal teenagers. When one of their group, Nora, goes missing, the group considers alternate scenarios to explain to themselves, collectively, what happened to her. It's an elitist bunch of boys who permit one "public schooler" into their midst, but only on the outskirts. In spite of this, we come to appreciate them and sympathize with their difficulties. Nora disappears on Halloween, and subsequent Halloweens are never again normal events for them. One of their female classmates is raped by a big brother of another classmate and they are tenderly protective of her. Nora's younger sister, Sissy, is perhaps the mostly profoundly affected by her sister's disappearance and unresolved fate. The boys close solicitous ranks around her, too, as much as they can. The reader watches in fascination as the boys mature and become the men that their teenage years laid foundations for. And, always running through their lives, even as they marry and have children, are the questions surrounding Nora. The fantasies they form are fed by sightings over the years that may or may not have really been Nora. They create alternate lives she might have, would probably have or could have led. There are some hilarious scenes, but most are serious and give the reader plenty of fodder for speculation and thought. I hope you'll enjoy this book as much as I did. In spite of the unusual literary style, it's readable, even flowing and my interest never ever flagged. Reviewed by Kaye George, Author of "A Patchwork of Stories", for Suspense Magazine
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The_Book_Wheel_Blog More than 1 year ago
I love when I pick up a book and just fall right into it. I was a little wary when I picked up The Fates Will Find Their Way because the Goodreads rating is only so-so, and I try not to read anything that has less than a 3.5 star rating. But this one, with its little 3.18, was fantastic. If you’re a fan of The Lovely Bones and The Virgin Suicides, then you will love this book. The basic premise is this: At 17, a well-like girl named Nora Lindell went missing. Over the next couple of decades, a group of boys in her class concoct various stories about what may have happened to her. In some, she’s married and happy, and in others she’s a long-time dead. But in all of them, the details are vivid and the longing palpable. Even as they grow up, get married, and have kids, the boys from Nora’s childhood can’t seem to let her go. What I love about this book is that it flows so well. I wouldn’t say that it’s stream-of-conciousness writing but it is definitely less structured. What is so amazing about it is that the imagination and intricate tales that the boys weave for Nora’s life are entirely plausible. I won’t give away the ending, but I will say that I am still thinking about book. Nothing about it is shocking or loud, but its subtle and intricate details propel the book into the realm of palpability. And that, my friends, makes for a good read.
DudleyS More than 1 year ago
This story revolves around the obsessive thoughts of a group of high school boys surrounding the disappearance of their sixteen year old classmate Nora. The boys imagine several scenarios over what happened to Nora that Halloween night and the possibilities grow as they age into their forties. The premise of the story is intriguing as is the weaving of the events of their lives as the boys grow into men. What holds them together is this common event in their lives. Here's where the book fell terribly short for me. The entire book is written as a narrative by one of the guys. You never know his name. A narrative approach may have worked, however the author had so many characters going on over the span of 20+ years, so there was essentially no character development that went deeper than surface level. This made it impossible for me to connect with and care about any of them. Also, over this 20+ years, why is this group of guys still so incredibly pre-occupied with Nora's dissapearance. It would be understandable for their to be lingering thoughts, but obsession? Another area of difficulty was that the author seemed to find a way to throw in nearly every tragic event possible, rape, molestation, the early death of a parent, terroist bombing, etc. Instead of being a book about the collective musings over the missing Nora, it was a bombardement of the worst of society. I enjoyed the concept of the book, but not the execution.
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TINY8 More than 1 year ago
I did not enjoy reading this book at all. I had to make myself finish it. Although it was creative being told from the point of view of multiple people I could not follow the story and the ending well... I never regret reading a book because I enjoy the different types of writing styles but I could not get into this book. I would not recommend this book to anyone. The cover makes for great artwork though.
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Janah Adams More than 1 year ago
This book is definitely one of my favorites. Another reviewer said that they wouldnt recommend it to mainstream readers and I quite agree. It would likely fly right over the heads of many a reader looking for a dollar store paperback experience. For those readers, however, who are looking for something a bit more, something with some truth to it, this book will certainly fill the bill. Excellent book. Excellent author who I hope will continue to write and publish. We need more writers like Hannah Pittard.
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It's hard to say what I think about this book. I think all of the reviewers had acceptable opinions. While the book is somewhat gripping and tragic it is not enough for me to be interested or excited.This book doesn't seem to follow the normal format for most books: resolution, climax denounment ect. It is a dramatic story, but the person telling the story is not dramatic. The book left me with a sense of dread and a feeling of melancholy. I would not reccomend it to people that are "mainstream" readers.
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Cathy_Griff More than 1 year ago
Told from the collective perspective of a group of boys, the book jumps around between timelines and never quite makes its point. I found nothing particularly suspenseful, and the characters are unsympathetic. I suppose it works as a sort of life commentary, but otherwise it was not a book I enjoyed.
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