A finalist for the 2015 National Book Award, Lauren Groff's third novel—following the Orange Prize finalist The Monsters of Templeton and the New York Times Notable Book Arcadia—constructs a 24-year marriage through the eyes of golden boy Lotto (short for Lancelot) and then dismantles it in the words of his wife Mathilde. In gorgeously sculpted language, spinning multiple threads, Groff explores their creative partnership as Lotto becomes a world-renowned playwright, and she reveals how sometimes the key to a great marriage is not what is said—but what is unsaid.
"A stunning 360-degree view of a complex relationship.... There's almost nothing that [Groff is] not interested in and her skill set is breathtaking.... It's an incredibly ambitious work, she writes like her hands are on fire."—Richard Russo