Episode 25: Lauren Groff on Sex, Marriage, and Feminism


This week Emily and I were lucky enough to chat with Lauren Groff about her most recent novel Fates and Furies. Just days before, the book was long listed for The National Book Award for Fiction, so of course we needed to celebrate. We apologize (not really) for the clinking of ice in our cocktails in advance!

Fates and Furies will consume your life and urge you to examine all of your relationships from a different perspective. You’ve been warned! It does what great literature is meant to do – it makes you look at what you think you know differently.

In this episode Lauren reveals why depicting a sexy marriage was important to her, what Greek myths and Shakespeare plays have influenced her most, the story of how she met her husband (they remember it differently), and so much more.

This is going to be a BIG book, one of those that will be discussed at many dinner parties and over coffee. So go get it and get in on the conversation! As always, let us know what you think on Twitter & Instagram @litupshow.

XO Angie

Lauren Groff is also the author of the novel The Monsters of Templeton, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers, Delicate Edible Birds, a collection of stories, and Arcadia, a New York Times Notable Book, winner of the Medici Book Club Prize, and finalist for the L.A. Times Book Award. Her work has appeared in journals including the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Tin House, One Story, McSweeney’s, and Ploughshares, and in the anthologies 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, and three editions of the Best American Short Stories. She lives in Gainesville, Florida with her husband and two sons.

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Buy The Fates and Furies at your local independent bookstore, on Amazon, or Barnes & Noble.