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By Hannah Pittard:The Fates Will Find Their Way: A Novel [Hardcover] Hardcover – January 25, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Ecco; First Edition edition (January 25, 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 006199605X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061996054
  • ASIN: B00AB3LIPW
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,624,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Hannah Pittard is the author of three novels, including the forthcoming LISTEN TO ME (Grand Central 2016) and the just-released REUNION, which has been chosen as a Millions' Most Anticipated Book, a Chicago Tribune Editor's Choice, a BuzzFeed Top-5 Great Book, a Best New Book by People Magazine, a Top-10 Read by Bustle Magazine and LibraryReads, a Must-Read by TimeOut Chicago, and a Hot New Novel by Good Housekeeping. Her first novel, The Fates Will Find Their Way, was an Oprah Magazine selection, an Indie Next pick, a Powell's Indiespendible Book Club Pick, and a "best of" selection by The Guardian, The Chicago Tribune, Details Magazine, The Kansas City Star, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Reader, and Hudson Booksellers. She is the winner of the 2006 Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award, a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and a consulting editor for Narrative Magazine. She divides her time between Chicago and Lexington, Kentucky, where she lives with her husband, W. Andrew Ewell.

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There are too many things I liked and disliked in the book to capture here.
Misha
It is very modern literary fiction and, as such, will attract fans of that genre, perhaps some familiar with Pittard's award-winning short stories.
Ken C.
Ultimately it's a good book and I would recommend it to anyone who asked, if only because it's such a short, quick read.
Jacob L. Holgate

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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Susan Tunis TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 20, 2011
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How often, in this day and age, does an author find a completely original way to tell a story? Avid reader that I am, I'll tell you: Not very often. And how often, after reading a novel in a single sitting, do write an immediate review? Not very often. And how often does a debut novel--any novel--affect me this powerfully? Not very often.

This is my immediate reaction to The Fates Will Find Their Way by Hannah Pittard. It is, and is not, the story of the disappearance of sixteen-year-old Nora Lindell. More accurately, it is the story of the vacuum left in Nora's wake, and of how that vacuum is filled. The tale is told in reflection by the men who were the neighborhood boys that Nora left behind, and it is told entirely in the first person plural. If you're wondering how that sounds, it sounds like this:

"It seemed we had all finally stopped looking for her, asking about her. It was a sickness, a leftover from a youth too long protracted. Of course we still thought about her. Late at night, lying awake, especially in early autumn, when we could fall asleep for a few weeks with the bedroom windows open, the curtains pulled halfway, a breeze coming in and the occasional stray dry leaf, we still allowed ourselves the vague and unfair comparisons between what our wives were and what she might have been. At least we were able to acknowledge the futility of the fantasies, even if we still couldn't control them."

This novel is a collection of those boys' fantasies, the fleshed out conjectures based upon shreds of evidence presented by impeachable sources.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Pamela A. Poddany VINE VOICE on January 7, 2011
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THE FATES WILL FIND THEIR WAY

Such a great idea for a book -- a missing girl, totally no clues in her whereabouts, and total speculation and plenty of what-ifs from the friends in her life as to what happened to her.

It's a Halloween night when 16 year old Nora Lindell goes missing. Where could she be? People just saw her here or there, or maybe that wasn't her? Wasn't she seen walking home from school? Wasn't she shopping at the Dollar Store? Would she really get into a car with a stranger? These ideas and maybes drift through the minds of all the friends left behind in small town America.

Told in a voice of many which is grouped in a 'we' format, we are introuduced to a tight-knit group of sixteen year old boys who cannot let go of the missing Nora. For the rest of their lives, Nora will constantly be a shadow chasing after them, teasing them to follow her -- where? Where is Nora? What happened to her? The author takes us on a journey as these friends dream up various scenarios as to how Nora's life turned out. Did she meet a brutal end, left to die alone in the outdoors? Did she hop a plane and run away to another state to start her life anew? Is she a world traveler? Does she ever think of those she left behind?

Hannah Pittard gives us sneak peeks into Nora's 'life' but more importantly into the lives of the friends she left behind. We move along with all of the boys who were once her friends, as they go through the shock of Nora going missing, continuing their education, going to college, getting jobs, marrying, having children, aging.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ken C. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 22, 2010
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As Hamlet never said, "Maybe or not maybe? That is the question." In Hannah Pittard's THE FATES WILL FIND THEIR WAY, it's also the answer -- the word "maybe," I mean, which is ubiquitous throughout the narrative. Predicated on the disappearance of 16-year-old Nora Lindell, the short novel explores its impact on a collection of local boys who think, "Maybe this happened to Nora," and, "Maybe THAT happened to Nora." This, in short, is the novel's conceit. Each chapter plays out a possible narrative for poor Nora, some leading to her getting in a Catalina with a stranger, some seeing her out west with a doting Mexican man, one landing her in Mumbai, India, with a female lover, and some speculating on her early and violent demise. No one knows, but everyone has a theory, and every boy cherishes and shares his own, constantly revising and enhancing it as age overtakes him and his buddies. Who knows? "Maybe" one of them is true.

The book's opening words ("Some things were certain; they were undeniable, inarguable. Nora Lindell was gone, for one thing. There was no doubt about that.") are reminiscent of Charles Dickens' opening to A CHRISTMAS CAROL ("Marley was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that.") And, indeed, Nora's presence haunts proceedings as ably as Dickens' Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. This isn't a morality tale, however. It is very modern literary fiction and, as such, will attract fans of that genre, perhaps some familiar with Pittard's award-winning short stories. There's no question but the writing is fine in a minimalist way.
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