Saturday, November 6, 2021


Marie. Fans of compelling and complex fictional characters are those readers who will love Marie, the protagonist of Lauren Groff’s novel titled, Matrix. Marie is the half-sister of Eleanor of Aquitaine who has dismissed the seventeen-year-old from the royal court and sends her to join a remote group of impoverished nuns. Marie thrives in the abbey where her leadership transforms the community and builds self-sufficiency. Groff imagines all that a woman could accomplish in the 12th century within an abbey free from life with men. The prose is finely written, and medieval life comes alive on these pages. Readers who enjoy historical fiction, especially with strong female characters, are those most likely to enjoy this novel. Rating: Five-star (I love it) Click here to purchase Matrix from

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