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  • 0 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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8 current holds with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Cormorant LINK Site GRO (Text) 33500013455431 New On holds shelf -
Moorhead Public Library GRO (Text) 33500013455423 New Checked out 10/08/2021
Red Lake Falls Public Library GRO (Text) 35500006507782 New In transit -

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  • ISBN: 9781594634499
  • ISBN: 1594634491
  • Physical Description: 260 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2021]

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"Cast out of the royal court by Eleanor of Aquitaine, deemed too coarse and rough-hewn for marriage or courtly life, seventeen-year-old Marie de France is sent to England to be the new prioress of an impoverished abbey, its nuns on the brink of starvation and beset by disease. At first taken aback by the severity of her new life, Marie finds focus and love in collective life with her singular and mercurial sisters. In this crucible, Marie steadily supplants her desire for family, for her homeland, for the passions of her youth with something new to her: devotion to her sisters, and a conviction in her own divine visions. Marie, born the last in a long line of women warriors and crusaders, is determined to chart a bold new course for the women she now leads and protects. But in a world that is shifting and corroding in frightening ways, one that can never reconcile itself with her existence, will the sheer force of Marie's vision be bulwark enough? Equally alive to the sacred and the profane, Matrix gathers currents of violence, sensuality, and religious ecstasy in a mesmerizing portrait of consuming passion, aberrant faith, and a woman that history moves both through and around. Lauren Groff's new novel, her first since Fates and Furies, is a defiant and timely exploration of the raw power of female creativity in a corrupted world"-- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 August #1
    *Starred Review* In the twelfth century, former child crusader and "bastardess heir to the crown" of France and England, "poor illegitimate Marie from nowhere in Le Maine," at age 17 arrives at the crumbling, dismal abbey where she will live, and which she will transform completely, during the many remaining years of her life. Considered unmarriageable for her great height and lack of beauty, and an overall burden, Marie was sent to save the abbey by Queen Eleanor, who prides herself on the brilliant move despite Marie's strong resistance to it. As Marie, who knows her own greatness, softens to her new surroundings, readers learn the goings-on of the abbey and its environs and get to know the nuns. When, decades later, Marie ascends to abbess, the sisters become her daughters, who respond with fear and inspiration to Marie's increasingly ambitious building plans for the abbey based on her visions of the Virgin Mary. 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. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Fans have been prepped for Groff's first novel since the mega-best-selling Fates and Furies (2015). Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Marie, de France, active 12th century, > Fiction.
Nuns > Fiction.
Faith > Fiction.
Visions > Fiction.
FICTION / Historical / Medieval.
FICTION / Women.
Genre: Historical fiction.

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