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 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 furythe moments that make us alive. Startling, precise, and affecting, Florida is a magnificent achievement....
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This was my first real experience of Groff. The final story in this collection, Yport, was included in Granta 139: Best of Young American Novelists 3 which I read several months ago, but that didn’t help me much because it has been so majorly re-worked by the time it gets into this collection that it is almost a new piece (same basic story, but significantly edited): I was comparing the two for the first few paragraphs, but the changes are so numerous and significant that I gave up and I'm not s ...more
I had previously read two stories from this collection, The Midnight Zone and For the God of Love, for the Love of God - they were both standouts in the Best American Short Stories series in 2017 and 2016. Other than these two stories, I only *really* enjoyed one, Eyewall, about a woman who is visited by ghosts during a hurricane.
These stories are about lonely dissatisfied women and mothers, the dark thrill of the Florida jungle, and uncertain, unsettling dangers. These are all themes that I ...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 have spent a long time thinking Lauren Groff and I just weren't a fit. Before this I'd read all three of her novels, and while I liked each better than the last, her distinctive style and prose were never the things that I liked the most. A story collection didn't seem like a good bet for us, since story collections tend to lean into an author's style and give less opportunities for the big plots that I've preferred from her. Ultimately I decided to try it, and I decided to do the audio since ...more
Maybe since I’m a Floridian this books makes me defensive, but damn I swear Florida is not as scary and depressing as Groff makes it out to be!
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 loved Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies. I thought the writing was absolutely brilliant and the story and characters were really original. So I was pretty excited to get my hands on Florida, which is Groff’s latest short story collection. Unfortunately, I can’t rave about the stories in the same way I raved about Fates and Furies. I recognize her talented writing, but there was a flat clever feel to her stories that made it hard for me to feel engaged. Most of the stories focused on wome ...more
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.