Florida by Lauren Groff

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Lauren Groff is an American short story writer and novelist. She is the author of Florida, a short story collection (June 2018), among other books. Learn more about the author, her book, as well as ratings and reviews on the latter.

Lauren Groff is the New York Times bestselling author of three novels, The Monsters of Templeton (2008), Arcadia (2012), and Fates and Furies (2015), the short story collections Delicate Edible Birds (2009) and Florida (2018). In 2017, she was named by Granta Magazine as one of the Best of Young American Novelists of her generation, and just one year later, in 2018, she received a Guggenheim fellowship in Fiction.

Lauren was born in 1978 in Cooperstown, a small town in New York State, where she was raised. After graduating from the Amherst College, she worked as a bartender in Philadelphia alongside her writing, and completed her Masters in Fine Arts in Fiction Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

She has been a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Kirkus Prize, and the LA Times Book Prize. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, along with five Best American Short Stories anthologies.

Lauren is married, has two children and currently lives in Gainesville, Florida.

Florida is Lauren Groff‘s fourth book. It’s a short story collection (June 2018).

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Sinopsis (from the Hardcover)

Storms, snakes, sinkholes, and secrets: In Lauren Groff’s Florida, the hot sun shines, but a wild darkness lurks. 

The New York Times-bestselling author of Fates and Furies returns, bringing the reader into a physical world that is at once domestic and wild—a place where the hazards of the natural world lie waiting to pounce, yet the greatest threats and mysteries are still of an emotional, psychological nature. A family retreat can be derailed by a prowling panther, or by a sexual secret. Among those navigating this place are a resourceful pair of abandoned sisters; a lonely boy, grown up; a restless, childless couple, a searching, homeless woman; and an unforgettable, recurring character—a steely and conflicted wife and mother.

The stories in this collection span characters, towns, decades, even centuries, but Florida—its landscape, climate, history, and state of mind—becomes its gravitational center: an energy, a mood, as much as a place of residence. Groff transports the reader, then jolts us alert with a crackle of wit, a wave of sadness, a flash of cruelty, as she writes about loneliness, rage, family, and the passage of time. With shocking accuracy and effect, she pinpoints the moments and decisions and connections behind human pleasure and pain, hope and despair, love and fury—the moments that make us alive. Startling, precise, and affecting, Florida is a magnificent achievement.

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