Posted on September 11, 2023 at 2:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

It seems like we just saw author Lauren Groff in Des Moines, promoting her newest release.

That's because, she says, she was working on tomorrow's release — The Vaster Wilds — when the idea for 2021's Matrix struck.

She switched gears to churn out the tale of medieval nun Marie de France first, she told NPR, but it really wasn't as big of a change as it seems.

While The Vaster Wilds is about the early colonial days of the United States and a girl who escapes it, the themes are similar: feminism, God, and the body.

And another theme — survival — is one weighing heavily on her mind nowadays, as a resident of Florida and, like all of us, a survivor of the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can read more about her inspiration and writing process in The New York Times as well as NPR.

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