Every story has two sides. Every relationship has two perspectives. And sometimes it turns out the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets. At the core of this rich expansive layered novel Lauren Groff presents the story of one such marriage over the course of twenty-four years. At age twenty-two Lotto and Mathilde are tall glamorous madly in love and destined for greatness. A decade later their marriage is still the envy of their friends but with an electric thrill we understand that things are even more complicated and remarkable than they have seemed. With stunning revelations and multiple threads and in prose that is vibrantly alive and original Groff delivers a deeply satisfying novel about love art creativity and power that is unlike anything that has come before it. Profound surprising propulsive and emotionally riveting it stirs both the mind and the heart.