Storms, snakes, sinkholes, and secrets: In Lauren Groffs 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 wilda 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 charactera steely and conflicted wife and mother. The stories in this collection span characters, towns, decades, even centuries, but Floridaits landscape, climate, history, and state of mindbecomes its gravitational center: an energy, a mood, as much as a place of residence. Groff transports the reader, then jol...
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Let the language of Lauren Groff flow over you. With stunning descriptions touching on real life issues such as racism and pollution, this collection of short stories is incredible. The writing is just so precise and spot on. Groff writes about the side of Florida which tourists miss and don't see. We get hints of global warming running through the stories as well as a sense of desperation and such loneliness amongst the characters. Her way of writing is quite unique; she does something that not ...more
Kind of hit-or-miss for me but dang Lauren Groff is crazy talented and I'm pretty sure we are destined to be best friends some day.
I really liked this collection! As a Florida boy, I had high expectations and Groff met them and surpassed them. She captured the other side of the place that tourists — and the popular imagination — often miss, the grittiness and the quiet desperation. This collection is filled with a palpable sense of danger lurking around every corner in the natural world. The protagonists go to great lengths to protect themselves from panthers, gators, snakes, hurricanes, etc., but time and again find the gr ...more
Lauren Groff is a gorgeous writer. I've seen comparisons made to Roxane Gay's style in Difficult Women, and I wholeheartedly agree. I think the first half was much stronger, but over all this was a solid collection.
I had already read a few of these stories, previously published in The New Yorker, and was delighted to revisit them. Lauren Groff has an altogether unique writing style, and I am warming to it more with each book she publishes. I enjoyed the unusual Arcadia and was even more transported by her dazzling and singular Fates and Furies. This new collection of stories has all her gifted and intriguing lyricism: poetic language, brilliant and unexpected similes, psychological underpinnings and dead-o ...more
Unfortunately, this book is going to be placed upon my DNF shelf. I absolutely loved Lauren Groff's Fates and Furies a five star read and more for me. However, this collection of short stories is doing nothing for me. The writing is wonderful but the characters and I are not making any connection at all and that makes the book drag for me.
So sorry to say I will stop at the 30% mark. Perhaps someday I will go back to it.
I loved this book so much that I think I want to reread it. Some of the stories hearken back to Groff's Arcadia (my previous favorite of her books), and others chart new territory entirely. The stories themselves are both domestic and exotic, and they are deeply rooted in the state I love. I'm so used to reading literary fiction that's very New York-centric, so it was both delightful and strange to recognize the city where I was born (Gainesville) as the setting for many of these stories.
Any book called “Florida” needs to be infused by a thorough sense of place and Lauren Groff does just that. I have been a fan since LOVING Fates and Furies a few years back and have been meaning to pick up more of her books and this very strong collection of short stories has cemented her place in my heart.
While not every story is set in Florida, Groff’s protagonists all have a connection to that place, a connection they sometimes strain against and sometimes welcome. Her protagonists are women, ...more