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  • Book Name: Foul Lady Fortune 
  • Authors: Chloe Gong
  • Pages: 341
  • Genre: Fantasy Fiction, Horror fiction
  • Publish Date: 27 September 2022
  • Language: English

Book Review:

Foul Lady Fortune is a novel by Chloe Gong that explores the enigmas that lie at the heart of human existence. The book's main character, Minnie, reflects on her childhood upbringing in New York City's Greenwich Village. 

She later studies at Vassar College and becomes friends with Maud Bibmuth. The friendship between the women later becomes romantic, as Maud marries Minnie's brother, Eben. Both women provide unique perspectives on life and friendship during the turbulent years surrounding World War I.

The female figure typically represents bad luck in mythology and literature. Foul Lady Fortune - or PLF, as she is referred to in the book - represents this aspect of the feminine psyche. 

At first glance, she appears to be an ideal woman; she loves her brother and loves him deeply. However, she also loves love-sick Maud and plays a cruel joke on Eben by pretending to run off with his lieutenant. Ultimately, her love for Maud turns into a self-destructive jealousy that tears their friendship apart.

Minnie Prentiss, the novel's main character, initially appears to be a typical New York City girl. She grew up in Greenwich Village with her father and stepmother. She attended Miss Sweet's finishing school where she learned etiquette along with physical education. 

Her father then sent her off to study at Vassar College, an all-women's school in upstate New York. While at Vassar, Minnie befriended Maggie Palmer and became involved in campus politics. 

After graduation, she took a teaching position at Gyngell School in New Orleans where she met her brother Eben's friend Maud Bibmuth. Over time, the friendship between them grew into romance; both women married Eben's brother Langston. However, Langston had an affair with Foul Lady Fortune that resulted in Langston's death ten years later.

The novel opens when Minnie returns home to Manhattan after Langston's death. As Minnie sorts through his things, she comes across a worn copy of Shakespeare's play Macbeth. 

In this play, Shakespeare alludes to the character Lady Macbeth as his version of Lady Fortune- otherwise known as PLF in Gong's novel. Many critics believe this allusion reveals Shakespeare's opinion of Lady Macbath as well as PLF herself. In essence- by playing both sides against one another - PLF manages to appear more attractive than she really is.

In many ways, PLF references Shakespeare throughout the book by using quotes from his plays as chapter headings or subplot points. For example: 

'The lady Macbeths have been thick upon us.' These chapters reference Shakespeare's play Macbeth where the female characters collectively represent PLF herself. 

The subplot refers to Langston's death ten years later where his wife Maud also died in a shipwreck- again representing the negative aspects of PLF personified. Later on in the book, when Eben falls ill with tuberculosis and Maggie tries to cure him with homeopathy instead of standard medicine, Maggie references 'the lady Macbaths' while poisoning Langston with LaMacbeth mushrooms instead of tea...

From its unconventional title to its insightful characters, Foul Lady Fortune illuminates what it means to walk through life without grace. 

While Minnie may come from wealth and education like most protagonists, her character illustrates that no one is immune from fortune's fickle hand either consciously or subconsciously contributing to a negative situation...or PLF herself!