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The Vaster Wilds by Lauren Groff
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Length 7 hours 5 minutes
Language English
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Brought to you by Penguin.

FROM THE THREE-TIME NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST AND
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF FATES AND FURIES AND MATRIX

Part of a loose trilogy based on the end of empire, The Vaster Wilds is the story of a young girl who is servant to a minister and his young mistress, and in charge of their young daughter Bess. On an epic voyage across the Atlantic, ship-wrecked, far from home and fighting for survival, the protagonist of Lauren Groff's extraordinary new novel must endure but also find meaning in the journey.

Praise for MATRIX:
'Lush, gripping and ferocious' MADELINE MILLER
'Full of passion, wisdom and magic' SARAH WATERS
'Gorgeous, sensual, addictive' SARA COLLINS

ยฉ2023 Lauren Groff (P)2023 Penguin Books Ltd

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.

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Groff is a mastermind, a masterpiece creator, an intoxicating magician. I wait with impatience for every book and I am always surprised and delighted. The Vaster Wilds feels like her bravest yet, hallucinatory, divine, beyond belief but also entirely human I could not stop reading. A haunting, thrilling, gripping and rich. An unputdownable adventure, a mystery and a strange beautiful redemption There is something exhilarating about this novel, a velocity of ambition . . . Groff is not lost in the forest. She knows exactly where she is going Her writing has a timeless quality . . . [Groff] has a nose for moments of transcendent, almost holy natural beauty Another September title that we've been desperately waiting forโ€” Lauren Groff, author of Matrix is back, with an electrifying new novel set in early colonial America; seventeenth century Jamestown, to be precise. A servant girl is working for her mistress who has a disabled daughter. She is devoted to the family but then abruptly leaves, heading into the wilderness, with just a few items and a spiritual spark inside of her. This is the start of the servant girl's journey โ€” an utterly thrilling adventure in which she discovers the world around her and tries to find a different way to live in the face of colonialism. Written in Goff's trademark visceral prose, this haunting book will stay with you long after you've finished it. Fact Expand reviews
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