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Florida
by Lauren Groff

Published: 2018-06-05
Hardcover : 288 pages
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FINALIST FOR THE 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 

WINNER OF THE 2019 STORY PRIZE

ONE OF NPR'S BEST BOOKS OF 2018

The universally acclaimed return of the New York Times bestselling author of Fates and Furies.

"Haunting and arresting." (New York Times Book Review)

"Outstanding." (The Boston Globe)
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FINALIST FOR THE 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 

WINNER OF THE 2019 STORY PRIZE

ONE OF NPR'S BEST BOOKS OF 2018

The universally acclaimed return of the New York Times bestselling author of Fates and Furies.

"Haunting and arresting." (New York Times Book Review)

"Outstanding." (The Boston Globe)

"Marvelous." (The Economist)

"Gorgeously weird and limber." (The New Yorker)

"Easily the year's best story collection." (Vogue)

"Groff's gifts as a writer just keep soaring higher and higher.”  (NPR’s Fresh Air)

Florida is a "superlative" book (Boston Globe), "frequently funny" (San Francisco Chronicle), "brooding, inventive and often moving" (NPR Fresh Air) --as Groff is recognized as "Florida's unofficial poet laureate, as Joan Didion was for California." (Washington Post


In her thrilling new book, Lauren Groff brings 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.

Editorial Review

An Amazon Best Book of June 2018: Welcome to the captivating world of Lauren Groff’s Florida, where assumptions of sunshine state stories—smiling and sunburned children, relaxed parents, moments of unencumbered joy—are shattered and reassembled into a world of darkened forests, nighttime walks and ferocious storms. As Groff writes, Florida is “a damp, dense tangle. An Eden of dangerous things.” And, “Walk outside in Florida and a snake will be watching you.” There is a mythic quality to these eleven stories that explore the underbelly of life and the fury of nature. In spirit and in reality, mothers abandon their children, hurricanes and rainstorms ruin vacations--marooning children alone on islands--and as a reader you’re left to wonder if the destruction caused by humans is worse that the destruction caused by nature. Moody, rapturous and filled with crystalline prose, Florida is a menacing marvel of a collection. —Al Woodworth

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by Ljwagoner (see profile) 07/06/18

Love these stories! Beautifully & smartly written, these stories deal with true thoughts & emotion that reach us where it’s dark & unknown- thoughts & emotions that we ourselves may have but just don’t... (read more)

 
  "I found it bleak"by thewanderingjew (see profile) 06/24/18

Florida, Lauren Groff author and reader
Generally, I always read a book or listen to a book, to its conclusion. Sometimes, the reader can even make a book I don’t love, one I will listen
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