THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Visionary leader, queer lover, 12th-century writer ... the life of Marie de France is triumphantly reimagined in an assertively modern novel about female ambition and creativity... a highly distinctive novel of great vigour and boldness. From mystical visions that may or may not be divine, to the earthy business of abbey pigs, diseases and account books, Groff does it all with purpose and panache * Guardian * Groff's writing is muscular and precise, her themes wildly resonant. Women are dismissed and contained, subject to misogynist attacks and abuse, but gain power collectively - "alone, together". Shockingly, this message is as poignant today as it was, perhaps, 800 years ago * Sunday Times * A dazzlingly clever tale . . . gorgeously precise prose, always elegantly weighted and perfectly economical * The Times * Pitch-perfect * Telegraph * This is a remarkable novel: unusual, profound, transcendental * Evening Standard * It's a breathtaking novel * Financial Times * A thrillingly vivid, adventurous story about women and power that will blow readers' minds. Left me gasping. -- Emma Donoghue Fascinating, beguiling, vivid -- Marian Keyes on Twitter Luminous, divine, her masterpiece -- Daisy Johnson An audacious piece of storytelling, full of passion, wisdom and magic -- Sarah Waters How mesmerising can twelfth century nuns be, even in the hands of Lauren Groff? I had barely started it before I was bloody well blaspheming with delight. Matrix is a gorgeous, sensual, addictive read. -- Sara Collins 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 * From the moment you're introduced to Marie, a queer, fierce warrior woman riding across the countryside on her warhorse, you feel as though you've time-travelled back to the Middle Ages. Groff's prose is arresting and unforgettably visceral . . . It's impossible not to feel galvanised by Marie's resilience, independence and determination to make her mark in a world ruled by men. I'll be thinking about Matrix for a long time to come * Stylist, Novel of the autumn * Enchanting and intriguing, Matrix absorbs the reader into the medieval period without compelling them to depart entirely from the present * iNews * It's a bold, luminous tale that captivates from first to last. * Mail on Sunday * A robust and pleasingly strange slice of historical fiction * Times, Best Fiction Books of 2021 * Lauren Groff's Matrix is just marvellous; vivid and vibrant, it hums with the lives of those contained within the convent walls, as Marie becomes the ambitious and canny hub at the heart of this female utopia. * Daily Mail * No doubt a mini-series beckons * Catholic Herald * Groff offers a world that is rapturous, rapacious, ecstatic, profane; a novel of seismic revelations. -- Eley Williams Matrix explores the story of Marie de France, a young woman sent to languish in a struggling convent that she begins to transform through her own leadership. 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, author of The Vanishing Half 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 Booker-longlisted How Much of These Hills is Gold Animated with sensual detail on every page and filled with lush, gripping storytelling that cuts to the bone, MATRIX resonates right into the present moment. I never thought I would find myself longing to be a medieval nun but Groff is a worker of wonders. This book is a ferocious joy -- Madeline Miller Lushly textured and uniquely vivid
Lauren Groff is a three-time National Book Award finalist and the New York Times bestselling author of four novels, The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, Fates and Furies and Matrix, and two short story collections, Delicate Edible Birds and Florida. She has won The Story Prize 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.