The Fates Will Find Their Way by Hannah Pittard
Published by Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins
Sixteen-year-old Nora Lindell has gone missing, and everyone in her town is left shaken, scared, and imagining the worst. The neighborhood boys, more than anyone else, create stories in their minds about what happened to Nora, fixating on her disappearance throughout much of their lives.
The Fates Will Find Their Way is quite an interesting novel. The book is told in the collective first person (“we” instead of “I”) which was probably my favorite thing about it. I saw this device work well in The Weird Sisters, and it worked well here too. The fact that the neighborhood boys are telling this story, which is more about them than about Nora really, in this collective voice, created an alluring, atmospheric quality that I find difficult to explain, but one that I really enjoyed.
Unfortunately, I wound up being disappointed by almost everything else about this book. The novel was much more about the boys (and later, men) than it was about Nora, and I just didn’t quite get why these guys were so obsessed with her. They would create elaborate schemes in their minds as to Nora’s whereabouts, to the point where sometimes I would forget that the scenarios being described were not reality. It was just … strange. And I wasn’t particularly interested in all the drama these guys created and described – I found myself being annoyed by all the “noise” I guess you could say. What I really wanted was a story about Nora, and what I got was a story about a bunch of self-centered teenage boys who were strangely fixated on one particular person from their pasts.
I listened to the audiobook of The Fates Will Find Their Way and I must admit that I think I would have liked it better in print. The narrator had a very deep, monotone voice – the kind of voice that could have easily put me to sleep if I let it. I did feel like the quality of the writing was very good, so perhaps if I read the book in print I would have had a better experience with it.
While I didn’t enjoy much about The Fates Will Find Their Way, I can appreciate what the author was going for with this read. The quality of the writing is very high, and the style gives the book a compelling, interesting angle with which to view the events within. I know that other bloggers felt more positive toward the novel than I did, so perhaps you might enjoy the book more than I did.