Ann Walters leads a discussion of Matrix by Lauren Groff, a novel that The New York Times calls, "[A] page-by-page pleasure " This virtual event is free, but registration is required, and space may be limited. Email Robert at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot!
About the Book: 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 Marie's vision be bulwark enough? Equally alive to the sacred and the profane, Matrix 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 Groff's new novel, her first since Fates and Furies, is a defiant and timely exploration of the raw power of female creativity in a corrupted world.
"Just when it seems there are nothing but chronicles of decline and ruin comes Lauren Groff's Matrix, about a self-sufficient abbey of 12th-century nuns--a shining, all-female utopian community... it is finally its spirit of celebration that gives this novel its many moments of beauty." -Wall Street Journal
"An inspiring novel that truly demonstrates the power women wield, regardless of the era. It has sisterhood, love, war, sex ...[Q]uite impossible to put down." - NPR
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
FINALIST FOR THE 2021 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION
One of Barack Obama's Favorite Books of 2021