‘Matrix’ by Lauren Groff is our November Ballerina Book Club pick

‘Matrix’ by Lauren Groff is our November Ballerina Book Club pick

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Our November pick for Ballerina Book Club, hosted by American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Isabella Boylston, is “Matrix” by Lauren Groff. The latest from the “Fates and Furies” author, the book is a work of historical fiction that draws upon the life of 12th-century poet Marie de France, who is banished from the royal court to become the prioress of a starving abbey in the English countryside.

What can you expect from “Matrix”? The publisher states: “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.”

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How it starts: When we first meet Marie, she is 17 years old, the year is 1158, and she is riding by horseback through a dreary landscape to her “living death” at the nunnery. Along the way, we learn of the moment Marie was cast out and we begin to get a sense of the poor conditions that await the new prioress.

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