by Lauren Groff


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594634512
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 16,358
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Lauren Groff is the New York Times bestselling author of three novels, The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, and Fates and Furies, and the celebrated short story collection Delicate Edible Birds. She has won the PEN/O. Henry Award, and been a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, along with several Best American Short Stories anthologies, and she was named one of Granta's 2017 Best Young American Novelists. She lives in Gainesville, Florida, with her husband and sons.


Gainesville, FL, USA

Date of Birth:

July 23, 1978

Place of Birth:

Cooperstown, NY, USA


BA English and French Literature, Amherst College, 201: MFA in Fiction, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006

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Ghosts and Empties

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Florida 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Compelling stories that draw you in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After living in spots all over the world, it was my misfortune to retire to Florida . I didn't know about hurricanes, sinkholes , snakes , gridlock, and off the chart crime until I was here and it was too late. Do yourself a favor and don't come here. If I could leave, I would.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful writing. Confirmed all my worst suspicions about Florida!
litpixie More than 1 year ago
Before going to bed I like to read little works: short stories, poetry, essays, letters and diaries. This is not a book to read before bed. The stories are well written, but they can be brutal and very difficult to read, and that's not taking in to account the snakes. So many snakes. The stories all focus on people in or from Florida and there is a brutality to the stories. Finishing the collection I didn't feel that I'd read anything similar to this work, except perhaps The Shell Collector from Anthony Doer. Groff is perhaps one of the finest American short story authors.
Dana Portwood More than 1 year ago
I lived in Florida for sixteen years. There is no place quite like it: the smells, the weight of the air, the ferocity of the storms. It's being is a presence all it's own. Lauren Goff's collection of short stories captures the essence of Florida brilliantly. Because it is a collection of separate works, small windows into a larger untold story, I didn't love each individual story (though I certainly enjoyed more than not). But as a collection, I find this book dark and brilliant, filled with foreboding but also with sparks of joy and hope. There is definitely a sense of looming danger, generally environmental, that flows through each story. In fact, nearly every story uses a literal weather storm as a plot element. This is actually my first Lauren Groff, but it left me running to the library to pull the rest of them off the shelves and into my hands.
DeediReads 26 days ago
“Now a hunger that cannot quite be located in the body comes over her, a sense of yearning, for what? Maybe for kindness, for a moral sense that is clear and loud and greater that she is, something that can blanket her, no, no, something in which she can hide for a minute and be safe.” This. Collection. Is. Masterful. I cannot overstate. Lauren Groff is unbelievable, and she does so much with so little in each of these stories. Some are eerie, some are emotional, some are abstract, and all cut right to the core. I’m sure that many of the stories reflected Groff’s actual experiences, because there were several common themes, especially the simultaneous joy and guilt of motherhood. I think my favorite story was the one that featured a woman who stayed in her home while a hurricane approached and then hit. During that time, she hallucinated (or imagined?) several key people from her past who still haunted her. It was incredible. Drop what you’re doing and read this.
deepdark8X 9 months ago
Reviewed by Pat Lott Berry “Florida,” written by Lauren Groff, 2018, Fiction. Pulitzer-worthy compilation of short stories. Groff gives us a beautiful, word-wrought tapestry of golden literature. A heartbreakingly lonely boy; two young girls left alone on an island; a once-successful and then homeless woman living out of her car (the descent, the rise, the ultimate sacrifice); a couple who fight their way through; a weakened woman alone with her young children; and more. Mother, a woman who comes again and again in some of the short stories and shows us the truth. All stories told with eloquence and shadows. Brilliant book. ((Written with grace through magical lyricism, Groff, makes you squirm with racism truth. She makes your insides quiver with sadness. She makes you jump at the truth. She makes you shake at the darkness. She creates a ring of prickly sandspurs that encircle your heart and pierce it. Over and over. The backdrop for this outstanding writing is Florida. Florida is wild/harsh; gentle/coarse; belligerent/quiet; exciting/calming. Florida is dripping in dark; Florida is soothing in light. There is much more to Florida than that seen by the eyes of the tourist. There are dangerous snakes, there are sinkholes, there are killing storms, there are . . . Groff’s writing is like a beautiful, misty fog that clears to pure clarity. All stories contain that “ah” moment. And tucked within the crannies of the stories are tidbits of the slashing, the tearing apart of our planet earth. Man’s determination, through negligence or purpose, to ruin all that is good in this world. This book doodle bugs its way into your brain. It’s pure poetry that makes you feel anguish, makes you see that life is thorny, and is a beating, throbbing wilderness that we all make our way through. One of the greatest collections of short stories since Shirley Jackson gave us her all. Genius writing, perfect writing.))
TiBookChatter More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this collection. This review has been a long-time coming. I don’t know what it is but story collections are never read by me in any normal kind of way. I chip away at them. Bit by bit. Sometimes not even story by story. I pick them up, and put them down. That was how it was with Florida, although it was no reflection on the stories themselves because I really enjoyed them. I read some of these stories too long ago to give you details but the overall feel of them pulled me in and they had this rawness which stuck with me. The stories are so personal. They are the kind that call to you when you least expect it. I like to feel something when I read and I definitely do when I read Groff’s work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a huge disappointment. Don't waste your money and time. There are too many great books out there, this is not one of them.