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Fates Will Find Their Way Paperback – 17 January 2012

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  • Publisher : Ecco Press; Reprint edition (17 January 2012)
  • Language: : English
  • Paperback : 246 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0061996068
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0061996061
  • Dimensions : 20.42 x 13.36 x 1.55 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.4 out of 5 stars 60 ratings

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"[Pittard] spurs rumination on the moments in which we witness the tragedies of others and somehow manage to wrap events around ourselves."--Cleveland Plain Dealer

"A dark story of adolescence gone awry...In playing out each of the theories about [character] Nora's disappearance, Pittard perfectly illustrates the hysteria surrounding any such disaster, and the ways in which very detail can be twisted and elevated to create endings to a story that fundamentally has none."--BookPage

"A wistful novel about how little we know of one another, but how eager we are to tape together a collage of rumors, assumptions and fantasies to answer questions we're too young, too cowardly or too polite to ask.... Chilling and touching...harrowingly wise about the melancholy process of growing up."--Washington Post

"An eerie, arresting novel...a bold, imaginative, deeply psychological debut novel, a mystery in the finest sense of the word."--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"An exceptional first novel...of "what ifs" [and] a beautifully crafted portrait of men slipping almost imperceptibly from childhood to middle-age.... It's hard to imagine a better debut this year."--Financial Times

"Engaging and vigorously told...I heard all sorts of echoes from other books, from Alice Sebold's THE LOVELY BONES and some of Joyce Carol Oates' stories and novels...Pittard's excellent first novel satisfies this demand in spades."--Chicago Tribune

"Gracefully written by the winner of the 2006 Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award, this elegiac portrait of an upscale community offers an interesting take on modern manhood."--Kirkus Reviews

"The tension builds throughout the book, keeping the reader eager to find out what happened... This debut from McSweeney's award winner Pittard is smart, eerie, and suspenseful and will appeal to fans of novels combining those elements."--Library Journal

"THE FATES WILL FIND THEIR WAY is concerned with searching questions rather than the relief of resolution. What might have been a frustrating approach in a lesser novel proves compelling in this one."--Boston Globe

"An emotionally taut and elegantly written novel."--Los Angeles Times

From the Back Cover

Sixteen-year-old Nora Lindell is missing. And the neighborhood boys she's left behind are caught forever in the heady current of her absence.

As the days and years pile up, the mystery of her disappearance grows kaleidoscopically. A collection of rumors, divergent suspicions, and tantalizing what-ifs, Nora Lindell's story is a shadowy projection of teenage lust, friendship, reverence, and regret, captured magically in the disembodied plural voice of the boys who still long for her.

n haunting, percussive prose, Hannah Pittard's beautifully crafted novel tracks the emotional progress of the sister Nora left behind, the other families in their leafy suburban enclave, and the individual fates of the boys in her thrall. Far more eager to imagine Nora's fate than to scrutinize their own, the boys sleepwalk into an adulthood of jobs, marriages, families, homes, and daughters of their own, all the while pining for a girl--and a life--that no longer exists, except in the imagination.

A masterful literary debut that shines a light into the dream-filled space between childhood and all that follows, The Fates Will Find Their Way is a story about the stories we tell ourselves--of who we once were and may someday become.

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