GalleyCrush: Matrix

by Staff

Today’s GalleyCrush is Lauren Groff’s Matrix, forthcoming from Riverhead Books on September 7, 2021.

Perfect pitch: “One of our best American writers, Lauren Groff returns with her exhilarating first new novel since the groundbreaking Fates and Furies.”

First lines: “She rides out of the forest alone. Seventeen years old, in the cold March drizzle, Marie who comes from France.”

Book buzz: “Transcendent prose and vividly described settings bring to life historic events, from the Crusades to the papal interdict of 1208. Groff has outdone herself with an accomplishment as radiant as Marie’s visions.” —Publishers Weekly

Book notes: Hardcover, fiction, 272 pages.

Author bio: Lauren Groff is a two-time National Book Award finalist and the New York Times best-selling author of three novels, The Monsters of TempletonArcadia, and Fates and Furies, and the celebrated short story collections Delicate Edible Birds and Florida. She has won the Story Prize, the PEN/O. Henry Award, and been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her work regularly appears in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, and elsewhere, and she was named one of Granta’s 2017 Best Young American Novelists. She lives in Gainesville, Florida, with her husband and sons.