New York Times i> bestseller Lauren Groff returns with an
electric collection of stories as propulsive and consuming as her
novel Fates and Furies i>.
Lauren Groff is one of the
most important authors writing today, and Florida i> --
her first new book since her clear the ground triumph* Fates and
Furies i> -- is an electrifying, expanding read.
decade ago, Groff moved to her adopted home state of Florida.
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. 'storms, snakes,
and sinkholes lurk at the edge of everyday life, but the greater
threats and mysteries are of a human, emotional, and psychological
In The Midnight Zone i>, a woman finds herself
injured and isolated in a confined space with her children, danger
literally prowling outside the door, and must confront what it is she
is really afraid of. Above and Below i> follows a young homeless
woman as she moves from one Florida beach town to another,
finding increasingly precarious ways to survive. And Yport i>
brilliantly explores the alternating fulfillment and anxiety of modern
marriage and motherhood, all the more apparent when removed from
routine American life.
Groff's evocative storytelling and
knife-sharp intelligence first transport the reader, then jolt 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, Groff pinpoints the moments and
decisions and connections behind human pleasure and pain, hope and
despair, love and fury -- the moments that make us alive.
Vigorous, startling, precise, and moving, Florida i>
is a magnificent achievement.
(*Washington Post i>)
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