February 2011 Indie Next List
“When Nora Lindell goes missing one Halloween night, the mystery of what happened to her, and why, becomes the obsession of the boys of the neighborhood. Narrated collectively by those boys, The Fates Will Find Their Way is a haunting examination of what we leave behind when we enter adulthood and all the lost aspects of childhood we want so badly to experience again. A bold and innovative debut from a fine, new literary talent.”
— Dave Mallmann, Next Chapter Bookshop, Mequon, WI
Sixteen-year-old Nora Lindell is missing. And the neighborhood boys she's left behind are caught forever in the heady current of her absence.
As the days and years pile up, the mystery of her disappearance grows kaleidoscopically. A collection of rumors, divergent suspicions, and tantalizing what-ifs, Nora Lindell's story is a shadowy projection of teenage lust, friendship, reverence, and regret, captured magically in the disembodied plural voice of the boys who still long for her.
Told in haunting, percussive prose, Hannah Pittard's beautifully crafted novel tracks the emotional progress of the sister Nora left behind, the other families in their leafy suburban enclave, and the individual fates of the boys in her thrall. Far more eager to imagine Nora's fate than to scrutinize their own, the boys sleepwalk into an adulthood of jobs, marriages, families, homes, and daughters of their own, all the while pining for a girl-and a life-that no longer exists, except in the imagination.
A masterful literary debut that shines a light into the dream-filled space between childhood and all that follows, The Fates Will Find Their Way is a story about the stories we tell ourselves-of who we once were and may someday become.