Fates Will Find Their Way Paperback – 17 January 2012
- 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:
"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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The effect of Nora's absence and the imaginings about what could possibly have happened to her, as well as what subsequently becomes of her younger sister Sissy, become an unhealthy fixation for this circle of men as they progress into adulthood as Nora may not. Pittard writes the story along several cul-de-sacs, depending on which wild imaginings they are mentally constructing. This is a novel but very effective way to build up a narrative.
The book becomes something of a confessional as the young men mature and emotionally come to terms with what happened, or what they think probably happened, to Nora, and muses on the role their friends might have played. They are also forced, through their memories, to confront the reality of their own current relationships, marriages or loneliness, and in some cases all these things. It is clever, beautifully crafted, and very creative. The claustrophobia of the tight knit community oozes from its pages. Pittard, who has previously only written short stories, has now proved herself as an accomplished novelist, and is definitely one to watch.
There are plenty of books about missing teenagers. That’s certainly nothing new. But typically these narratives are focused on unraveling the mystery of what happened. In The Fates Will Find Their Way, Hannah Pittard takes a different approach: What if we never find out? What then?
When 16-year-old Nora Lindell disappears from her cozy Mid-Atlantic town, the boys who knew and adored her are left reeling — caught forever in the gravity of her absence. Without any concrete answers concerning Nora’s fate, they’re unable to ever find closure. Instead, they speculate on what might have happened to Nora, imagining a series of “what ifs” in the decades that follow.
As the boys become men, they marry and buy homes and have children of their own, but there remains a part of them that never grows up, forever lost in the past, grieving for a girl who no longer exists.
Pittard’s narrative style is both clever and befitting: the entire novel is told in first person plural — the tone haunting and ethereal, much like The Virgin Suicides.
This is the first of Pittard’s three novels, and what’s most interesting to me after having read all of them is how distinct they are. Her range and versatility as a novelist is extremely impressive. My biggest complaint with this one is that with so many characters, it became difficult at times to keep track of them all. I can also see some readers finding the ending anti-climactic, though I was satisfied with the resolution.
This complex, character-driven novel offers a fresh take on the common trope of the missing teenager, filled with plenty of Pittard’s signature psychological insights. Often in life we don’t get the catharsis of finding all the answers; The Fates Will Find Their Way is a meditation on this harsh truth.
I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone! I guess if I had to narrow it to a demographic, I would say people like me, 21 year old women and women in their 20s and 30s and 40s. Maybe even 50s.
I gave this book a 5 star rating because for some reason, I couldn't put it down. It was a true page-turner, and not a cheap page-turner. I loved the Hunger Games, but every chapter ends with a cliffhanger that forces you to keep reading, and in retrospect, it seems like a cheap trick. Mrs. Pittard doesn't resort to that. Their is a force or an undercurrent to the story that propels the novel forward. And it is this same current that subtly catches the reader and carries him or her along, regardless of the fact that they need to wake up in the morning at a reasonable hour and do something with their life. I read it in about two days. Great book. I highly recommend it.
One Halloween, 16-year-old Nora Lindell disappears. No one really knows what happened to her, although a group of boys who went to school with her have a number of theories, given random rumors and alleged sightings they've heard about. Much like how the girls' deaths in The Virgin Suicides colored the lives of those around them, Nora's disappearance has the same ripple effect on these boys, shaping how they view, and act in, the future. They imagine different paths that Nora might have taken, and through the years, supposed Nora sightings occur in the most unlikely of places. As these boys become men, their obsession with all things Nora (and, to an extent, her younger sister, Sissy) saves them from being mired completely in the minutia of their own adulthood. For some, Nora's disappearance is a tiny catalyst that sets them on a self-destructive course that might not manifest itself for years; for others, it is the push toward saving themselves.
This isn't just a book about a missing girl; this is a book about how the disappearance of a peer that many lusted after alters the course of lives in a small town. Hannah Pittard weaves an absolutely beautiful narrative thread, and while at times it is difficult to tell all of the characters apart, the story is at once compelling and off-putting. I don't ordinarily like books where the narrator imagines what happens to other characters rather than actually tells what happens, but in Pittard's hands, that exercise worked tremendously. And while I'd like to know what really did happen to Nora, somehow making up my own version of her story is as intriguing for me as it was for the boys. Really excellent book.