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Praise for Matrix:

“A radiant novel about the 12th-century poet and mystic Marie de France. . . Groff richly imagines Marie’s decades of exile in a royal convent, which she eventually leads. A charged novel about female ambition.” – Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh Air

“Just when it seems there are nothing but chronicles of decline and ruin comes Lauren Groff’s Matrix, about a self-sufficient abbey of 12th-century nuns—a shining, all-female utopian community…  it is finally its spirit of celebration that gives this novel its many moments of beauty.” Wall Street Journal

“[T]hrilling and heartbreaking. Groff. . . crafts an electric work of historical fiction.”TIME

“[A] page-by-page pleasure as we soar with her. ” New York Times Book Review

“Far more than a treat for history buffs. . . . [Groff] writes a creative, intelligent work that will last.” Boston Globe

“Incandescent. . . a radiant work of imagination and accomplishment.”Esquire

“In Lauren Groff’s hands, the tale of a medieval nunnery is must-read fiction.” -The Washington Post

“Stunning . . .grand, mythic . . .feels both ancient and urgent, as holy as it is deeply human.”- Entertainment Weekly

“An electric reimagining . . . feminist, sensual . . . unforgettable.” – O, The Oprah Magazine

“An inspiring novel that truly demonstrates the power women wield, regardless of the era. It has sisterhood, love, war, sex …[Q]uite impossible to put down.” – NPR

“A relentless exhibition of Groff’s freakish talent. In just over 250 pages, she gives us a character study to rival Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell or Robert Caro’s Robert Moses.”– USA Today

“The medieval nun drama you didn’t know you needed.”Vulture

“A bold new direction for the accomplished writer.”Vogue

“[I]n an appealingly unpredictable move, Lauren Groff has turned her attentions to 12th-century English nuns. The result is a highly distinctive novel of great vigour and boldness … we are carried on the force of her style, and held by the strength of an intelligence that lets comedy and emotional complexity work together … an assertively modern novel about leadership, ambition and enterprise, and about the communal life of individuals.” The Guardian

“Transcendently beautiful … It’s surprisingly delicious to read fiction about a historical figure we know so little about.” -Shondaland

“A propulsive, enchanting, and emotionally charged read.” -Washington Independent Review of Books

“A mesmerizing study of faith, passion and violence.”Harper’s Bazaar

“Sumptuous, sublime . . engrossing.”- Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Expansive . . . . passionately feminist, funny and even a bit profane.”Good Housekeeping

“This transportive and meditative tale that will swallow you up from the very start.” – Newsweek
“A premier stylist, [Groff] continues to grow….The voice she finds for Marie de France…will hold readers fast.” – Los Angeles Times 

“Mesmerizing . . . . A bold, thrilling work that highlights the wild, wide range of Groff’s imagination.” – Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“Groff’s  . . . most daring work to date. . . .  sumptuous but brisk storytelling mines the Dark Age abbey for veins of violence, humor, empowerment, and spirituality and forges something compelling, strange, and recognizable to modern eyes.” – Philadelphia Inquirer

An unforgettable vision.” – Tampa Bay Times

“Both epic and intimate, this sweeping novel explores questions of female ambition, creativity and passion with electrifying prose and sparkling wit. A propulsive, captivating read.”-Brit Bennett, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Half
“An audacious piece of storytelling, full of passion, wisdom and magic.” -Sarah Waters, New York Times bestselling author of The Paying Guests
“A thrillingly vivid, adventurous story about women and power that will blow readers’ minds. Left me gasping.” -Emma Donoghue, author of Room
“Luminous, divine, her masterpiece.”-Daisy Johnson, author of Sisters
Matrix is alive with lust and glory. In the incandescent Marie de France – visionary, cantankerous and uncowed by the constraints of her sex – Groff paints a portrait of sisterhood that shines out of the past and into the lives of women today.”-C Pam Zhang, author of How Much of These Hills is Gold

“Groff has created a labyrinth of jewel-like moments . . . and transformed it into a novel that is perfect for right now.”-BookPage, STARRED review

“Splendid with rich description and period vocabulary, this courageous and spine-tingling novel shows an incredible range for Groff (Florida, 2018), and will envelop readers fully in Marie’s world, interior and exterior, all senses lit up. It is both a complete departure and an easy-to-envision tale of faith, power, and temptation.” – Booklist, STARRED review

“Set in early medieval Europe, this book paints a rousing portrait of an abbess seizing and holding power. . .Groff’s trademarkworthy sentences bring vivid buoyancy to a magisterial story.” – Kirkus, STARRED review

“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, STARRED review


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