In the pitch we received from Harper Books, The Fates Will Find Their Way by Hannah Pittard was described as “an eerily evocative and masterfully crafted literary debut.” I couldn’t agree more. 16-year-old Nora Lindell has gone missing and the neighborhood boys who are left behind are affected in ways that last for years. Told in the first person plural, the boys imagine all of the things that might have happened to her. The real story never surfaces and it’s up to the reader to decide what to believe.
Woven into the Nora’s possible fates are memories of youth gone by, along with the manner in which the lives of the boys as husbands and fathers are irrefutably defined by her disappearance. Their lives are far from perfect, but can’t that be said about most people, especially a group of boys who grow up to marry their neighbors and live on the same streets they grew up on? Pittard does a great job of getting into the minds of teenage boys and the use of the “we” narrative device gives the story a unique feel.
The prose is haunting and beautiful, and I loved this passage from the final chapter:
At the end of the day, we find ourselves somewhat unprepared, standing for a final moment at our bedroom windows, for the obvious realization that this –this, all around us-is our life.
HarperCollins is providing 1 winner (US only) with a copy of The Fates Will Find Their Way. Leave a comment below, the winner will be selected on Feb. 2.
Nancy often has moments of realizing her life is pretty darn good. She writes about her 2 boys and life in Colorado at Life With My Boys.