Posted on 04/20/2022 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Matrix, by Lauren Groff, has won the 2022 Joyce Carol Oates Prize. 

The $50,000 prize, sponsored by the Simpson Literary Project, honors a distinguished midcareer author of fiction.

Matrix tells the story of Marie de France, sent away from court by Eleanor of Aquitaine, her fate not to marry but to serve as the prioress of an English abbey.

You can read plenty of praise for it and the rest of Groff's work in the prize announcement; here's what Oates (for whom the award is named) had to say: 

Wherever her imagination leads, she writes with subtlety and force. For all that, there is an enthralling undercurrent of poetry in her prose, with sentences of beauty that reward careful attention. 

You can also hear Oates speak directly with Groff in a free online event May 4.

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