Florida

Florida

The New York Times-bestselling author of Fates and Furies returns, bringing 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 sec The New York Times-bestselling author of Fates and Furies returns, bringing the reader into a physical world that is at...

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Title:Florida
Author:Lauren Groff
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Genres:Short Stories
ISBN:1594634513
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:275 pages pages

Florida Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Oct 06, 2018

    The truth might be moral, but it isn't always right. Snakes, gators, swamps and storms form the backdrop of these exquisitely human stories. I have to say I enjoyed Florida so much more than Fates and Furies. Groff's writing style is dense and wordy, metaphorical and poetic and -...

    3+ stars 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 a...

    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 cemen...

    Here's the thing - I really do love Groff's writing. These short stories are no exception; she is a master craftsman. She paints so well with her words and phrasing. It's just that.....I don't do so well with "dark," and all eleven of these stories are pretty dark. I don't think Lauren...

    3.5~4? ?When she was pregnant with Jude?s sister, she came into the bathroom to take a cool bath one August night and, without her glasses, missed the three?foot albino alligator her husband had stored in the bathtub. The next morning, she was gone.? Florida. Hot, sticky,...

    Two major, connected threads in this superb story collection are ambivalence about Florida, and ambivalence about motherhood. There?s an oppressive atmosphere throughout, with environmental catastrophe an underlying threat. Set-ups vary in scope from almost the whole span of a life t...

    If these stories are anything to go by Lauren Groff is almost comprehensively disillusioned with men. Men in these stories are either absent, inept, in another world or downright threatening. The last story - and by far the least successful - goes the whole hog and deploys Guy de Mausp...

    These stories feel to me like a continuation of St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell (high praise from me as this remains my favorite short story collection), where Florida remains wild and unsettling and the people managing to live there have some of the same tra...

  • Jim Coughenour
    Jul 06, 2018

    The truth might be moral, but it isn't always right. Snakes, gators, swamps and storms form the backdrop of these exquisitely human stories. I have to say I enjoyed Florida so much more than Fates and Furies. Groff's writing style is dense and wordy, metaphorical and poetic and -...

    3+ stars 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 a...

    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 cemen...

    Here's the thing - I really do love Groff's writing. These short stories are no exception; she is a master craftsman. She paints so well with her words and phrasing. It's just that.....I don't do so well with "dark," and all eleven of these stories are pretty dark. I don't think Lauren...

    3.5~4? ?When she was pregnant with Jude?s sister, she came into the bathroom to take a cool bath one August night and, without her glasses, missed the three?foot albino alligator her husband had stored in the bathtub. The next morning, she was gone.? Florida. Hot, sticky,...

    Two major, connected threads in this superb story collection are ambivalence about Florida, and ambivalence about motherhood. There?s an oppressive atmosphere throughout, with environmental catastrophe an underlying threat. Set-ups vary in scope from almost the whole span of a life t...

    If these stories are anything to go by Lauren Groff is almost comprehensively disillusioned with men. Men in these stories are either absent, inept, in another world or downright threatening. The last story - and by far the least successful - goes the whole hog and deploys Guy de Mausp...

    These stories feel to me like a continuation of St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell (high praise from me as this remains my favorite short story collection), where Florida remains wild and unsettling and the people managing to live there have some of the same tra...

    I?ve never visited Florida, but I do live in a similar climate so this setting, while foreign, felt more familiar than exotic to me. The heat and humidity, lush foliage, abundant wildlife mainly of the pointy-toothed kind, houses built on stumps with ceiling fans and sleepouts in con...

    2.5 stars Apparently, there is nothing more to write about in Florida besides miserable mothers, storms, and snakes. At its best, the short stories in Groff's new collection read like rough studies of Carson McCullers. There's Southern Gothic elements: anthropomorphized desperation,...

    During a recent visit, Lauren Groff shared that when her husband proposed moving back to his native Florida, she, appalled, made him sign a contract that they would leave in 10 years years. That was more than 12 years ago. In the intervening years, she has come to love the state and al...

    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 wi...

    The lives of the women in these stories are as sluggish and stifling as a Florida summer. The weather, wildlife, and land of Florida plays a huge part in these stories, and in many cases seems to serve as a metaphor for their lives. Groff?s stories skillfully capture the ennui that c...

    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 be...

    4.5 stars The writing is brilliant - slow, atmospheric, dark, vulnerable characters and has themes of loneliness, grief and loss. The book is a delight from start to the end. If you enjoy stories for their quality of narration and not necessarily look for a definitive ending, this o...

    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...

    ?Ghosts and Empties? 3 stars ?At the Round Earth?s Imagined Corners? 3 stars ?Dogs Go Wolf? 2 stars ?The Midnight Zone? 2 stars ?Eyewall? 2 stars ?For the God of Love, for the Love of God? 2.5 stars ?Salvador? 2.5 stars ?Flower Hunte...

    This book doesn't bother with quotation marks, and it's full of snakes. I hate both of those things. Yet here I am, giving it 5 stars. Enough said. ...

    4.5 stars Eleven stories; eleven people with a connection to the state of Florida, which in itself is a character in this newest offering from Lauren Groff. Florida's dense landscapes, its damp climate, its energy and its history come together to form a wonderful collection of engro...

    This is such an excellent collection of short stories. The words and images are so sparkly and perfect they seem to almost glow in the dark. Groff creates an ethereal otherworldly realm with swans whose hearts break, mothers who inhabit panthers, houses that possess their inhabitants a...

    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 c...

    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 l...

    Generally, a beautifully written collection, but the last story Yport is a stunning, brilliant feat of storytelling worth the price of the whole book. ...

    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! ...

    Lauren Groff is an author who I really can?t pinpoint why she isn?t a favorite. All of the elements are there, sharp insights, lovely prose, compelling plot, so why does it always fall a little flat for me? I did like these stories, that are linked more by melancholy and themes of ...

    Amo follemente lo stile di Lauren Groff, penso che tra gli autori contemporanei sia la mia preferita, quando la leggo penso ?vorrei vedere anch?io il mondo come lo vede lei?, non c? una frase scontata, una metafora o un termine che non ami nelle sue storie, uno stile ?ch...

    There is an aspect of menace in Groff?s set of eleven short stories; and her excellent narration of the audiobook just reinforces this undercurrent of unease. There are hurricanes, snakes, alligators, searing heat, and car-swallowing sinkholes. Her protagonists tend to drink too much...

    I?m not exactly a Lauren Groff evangelist, having been hit or miss with her novels, but this short story collection is DAMN GOOD. Maybe this is my preferred form for her writing. Her showy prose isn?t as distracting to me in the short story format: in fact, I kind of love it. ...

    Two months ago I moved from San Francisco to St Petersburg, Florida. Not long after I?d arrived, I spotted Groff?s book* and thought, ah, an introduction. I?m not sure what I expected, my curiosity only sharpened by an essay I?d stumbled upon the same week, Sarah Viren?s ?E...

  • Dan
    Dec 10, 2017

    The truth might be moral, but it isn't always right. Snakes, gators, swamps and storms form the backdrop of these exquisitely human stories. I have to say I enjoyed Florida so much more than Fates and Furies. Groff's writing style is dense and wordy, metaphorical and poetic and -...

    3+ stars 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 a...

    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 cemen...

    Here's the thing - I really do love Groff's writing. These short stories are no exception; she is a master craftsman. She paints so well with her words and phrasing. It's just that.....I don't do so well with "dark," and all eleven of these stories are pretty dark. I don't think Lauren...

    3.5~4? ?When she was pregnant with Jude?s sister, she came into the bathroom to take a cool bath one August night and, without her glasses, missed the three?foot albino alligator her husband had stored in the bathtub. The next morning, she was gone.? Florida. Hot, sticky,...

    Two major, connected threads in this superb story collection are ambivalence about Florida, and ambivalence about motherhood. There?s an oppressive atmosphere throughout, with environmental catastrophe an underlying threat. Set-ups vary in scope from almost the whole span of a life t...

    If these stories are anything to go by Lauren Groff is almost comprehensively disillusioned with men. Men in these stories are either absent, inept, in another world or downright threatening. The last story - and by far the least successful - goes the whole hog and deploys Guy de Mausp...

    These stories feel to me like a continuation of St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell (high praise from me as this remains my favorite short story collection), where Florida remains wild and unsettling and the people managing to live there have some of the same tra...

    I?ve never visited Florida, but I do live in a similar climate so this setting, while foreign, felt more familiar than exotic to me. The heat and humidity, lush foliage, abundant wildlife mainly of the pointy-toothed kind, houses built on stumps with ceiling fans and sleepouts in con...

    2.5 stars Apparently, there is nothing more to write about in Florida besides miserable mothers, storms, and snakes. At its best, the short stories in Groff's new collection read like rough studies of Carson McCullers. There's Southern Gothic elements: anthropomorphized desperation,...

    During a recent visit, Lauren Groff shared that when her husband proposed moving back to his native Florida, she, appalled, made him sign a contract that they would leave in 10 years years. That was more than 12 years ago. In the intervening years, she has come to love the state and al...

    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 wi...

  • Elaine Mullane
    Aug 21, 2018

    The truth might be moral, but it isn't always right. Snakes, gators, swamps and storms form the backdrop of these exquisitely human stories. I have to say I enjoyed Florida so much more than Fates and Furies. Groff's writing style is dense and wordy, metaphorical and poetic and -...

    3+ stars 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 a...

    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 cemen...

    Here's the thing - I really do love Groff's writing. These short stories are no exception; she is a master craftsman. She paints so well with her words and phrasing. It's just that.....I don't do so well with "dark," and all eleven of these stories are pretty dark. I don't think Lauren...

    3.5~4? ?When she was pregnant with Jude?s sister, she came into the bathroom to take a cool bath one August night and, without her glasses, missed the three?foot albino alligator her husband had stored in the bathtub. The next morning, she was gone.? Florida. Hot, sticky,...

    Two major, connected threads in this superb story collection are ambivalence about Florida, and ambivalence about motherhood. There?s an oppressive atmosphere throughout, with environmental catastrophe an underlying threat. Set-ups vary in scope from almost the whole span of a life t...

    If these stories are anything to go by Lauren Groff is almost comprehensively disillusioned with men. Men in these stories are either absent, inept, in another world or downright threatening. The last story - and by far the least successful - goes the whole hog and deploys Guy de Mausp...

    These stories feel to me like a continuation of St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell (high praise from me as this remains my favorite short story collection), where Florida remains wild and unsettling and the people managing to live there have some of the same tra...

    I?ve never visited Florida, but I do live in a similar climate so this setting, while foreign, felt more familiar than exotic to me. The heat and humidity, lush foliage, abundant wildlife mainly of the pointy-toothed kind, houses built on stumps with ceiling fans and sleepouts in con...

    2.5 stars Apparently, there is nothing more to write about in Florida besides miserable mothers, storms, and snakes. At its best, the short stories in Groff's new collection read like rough studies of Carson McCullers. There's Southern Gothic elements: anthropomorphized desperation,...

    During a recent visit, Lauren Groff shared that when her husband proposed moving back to his native Florida, she, appalled, made him sign a contract that they would leave in 10 years years. That was more than 12 years ago. In the intervening years, she has come to love the state and al...

    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 wi...

    The lives of the women in these stories are as sluggish and stifling as a Florida summer. The weather, wildlife, and land of Florida plays a huge part in these stories, and in many cases seems to serve as a metaphor for their lives. Groff?s stories skillfully capture the ennui that c...

    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 be...

    4.5 stars The writing is brilliant - slow, atmospheric, dark, vulnerable characters and has themes of loneliness, grief and loss. The book is a delight from start to the end. If you enjoy stories for their quality of narration and not necessarily look for a definitive ending, this o...

    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...

    ?Ghosts and Empties? 3 stars ?At the Round Earth?s Imagined Corners? 3 stars ?Dogs Go Wolf? 2 stars ?The Midnight Zone? 2 stars ?Eyewall? 2 stars ?For the God of Love, for the Love of God? 2.5 stars ?Salvador? 2.5 stars ?Flower Hunte...

    This book doesn't bother with quotation marks, and it's full of snakes. I hate both of those things. Yet here I am, giving it 5 stars. Enough said. ...

    4.5 stars Eleven stories; eleven people with a connection to the state of Florida, which in itself is a character in this newest offering from Lauren Groff. Florida's dense landscapes, its damp climate, its energy and its history come together to form a wonderful collection of engro...

  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Oct 06, 2018

    The truth might be moral, but it isn't always right. Snakes, gators, swamps and storms form the backdrop of these exquisitely human stories. I have to say I enjoyed Florida so much more than Fates and Furies. Groff's writing style is dense and wordy, metaphorical and poetic and -...

    3+ stars 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 a...

    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 cemen...

    Here's the thing - I really do love Groff's writing. These short stories are no exception; she is a master craftsman. She paints so well with her words and phrasing. It's just that.....I don't do so well with "dark," and all eleven of these stories are pretty dark. I don't think Lauren...

    3.5~4? ?When she was pregnant with Jude?s sister, she came into the bathroom to take a cool bath one August night and, without her glasses, missed the three?foot albino alligator her husband had stored in the bathtub. The next morning, she was gone.? Florida. Hot, sticky,...

    Two major, connected threads in this superb story collection are ambivalence about Florida, and ambivalence about motherhood. There?s an oppressive atmosphere throughout, with environmental catastrophe an underlying threat. Set-ups vary in scope from almost the whole span of a life t...

    If these stories are anything to go by Lauren Groff is almost comprehensively disillusioned with men. Men in these stories are either absent, inept, in another world or downright threatening. The last story - and by far the least successful - goes the whole hog and deploys Guy de Mausp...

    These stories feel to me like a continuation of St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell (high praise from me as this remains my favorite short story collection), where Florida remains wild and unsettling and the people managing to live there have some of the same tra...

    I?ve never visited Florida, but I do live in a similar climate so this setting, while foreign, felt more familiar than exotic to me. The heat and humidity, lush foliage, abundant wildlife mainly of the pointy-toothed kind, houses built on stumps with ceiling fans and sleepouts in con...

    2.5 stars Apparently, there is nothing more to write about in Florida besides miserable mothers, storms, and snakes. At its best, the short stories in Groff's new collection read like rough studies of Carson McCullers. There's Southern Gothic elements: anthropomorphized desperation,...

    During a recent visit, Lauren Groff shared that when her husband proposed moving back to his native Florida, she, appalled, made him sign a contract that they would leave in 10 years years. That was more than 12 years ago. In the intervening years, she has come to love the state and al...

    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 wi...

    The lives of the women in these stories are as sluggish and stifling as a Florida summer. The weather, wildlife, and land of Florida plays a huge part in these stories, and in many cases seems to serve as a metaphor for their lives. Groff?s stories skillfully capture the ennui that c...

  • Amy
    Jun 08, 2018

    The truth might be moral, but it isn't always right. Snakes, gators, swamps and storms form the backdrop of these exquisitely human stories. I have to say I enjoyed Florida so much more than Fates and Furies. Groff's writing style is dense and wordy, metaphorical and poetic and -...

    3+ stars 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 a...

    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 cemen...

    Here's the thing - I really do love Groff's writing. These short stories are no exception; she is a master craftsman. She paints so well with her words and phrasing. It's just that.....I don't do so well with "dark," and all eleven of these stories are pretty dark. I don't think Lauren...

    3.5~4? ?When she was pregnant with Jude?s sister, she came into the bathroom to take a cool bath one August night and, without her glasses, missed the three?foot albino alligator her husband had stored in the bathtub. The next morning, she was gone.? Florida. Hot, sticky,...

    Two major, connected threads in this superb story collection are ambivalence about Florida, and ambivalence about motherhood. There?s an oppressive atmosphere throughout, with environmental catastrophe an underlying threat. Set-ups vary in scope from almost the whole span of a life t...

    If these stories are anything to go by Lauren Groff is almost comprehensively disillusioned with men. Men in these stories are either absent, inept, in another world or downright threatening. The last story - and by far the least successful - goes the whole hog and deploys Guy de Mausp...

    These stories feel to me like a continuation of St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell (high praise from me as this remains my favorite short story collection), where Florida remains wild and unsettling and the people managing to live there have some of the same tra...

    I?ve never visited Florida, but I do live in a similar climate so this setting, while foreign, felt more familiar than exotic to me. The heat and humidity, lush foliage, abundant wildlife mainly of the pointy-toothed kind, houses built on stumps with ceiling fans and sleepouts in con...

    2.5 stars Apparently, there is nothing more to write about in Florida besides miserable mothers, storms, and snakes. At its best, the short stories in Groff's new collection read like rough studies of Carson McCullers. There's Southern Gothic elements: anthropomorphized desperation,...

    During a recent visit, Lauren Groff shared that when her husband proposed moving back to his native Florida, she, appalled, made him sign a contract that they would leave in 10 years years. That was more than 12 years ago. In the intervening years, she has come to love the state and al...

    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 wi...

    The lives of the women in these stories are as sluggish and stifling as a Florida summer. The weather, wildlife, and land of Florida plays a huge part in these stories, and in many cases seems to serve as a metaphor for their lives. Groff?s stories skillfully capture the ennui that c...

    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 be...

    4.5 stars The writing is brilliant - slow, atmospheric, dark, vulnerable characters and has themes of loneliness, grief and loss. The book is a delight from start to the end. If you enjoy stories for their quality of narration and not necessarily look for a definitive ending, this o...

    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...

    ?Ghosts and Empties? 3 stars ?At the Round Earth?s Imagined Corners? 3 stars ?Dogs Go Wolf? 2 stars ?The Midnight Zone? 2 stars ?Eyewall? 2 stars ?For the God of Love, for the Love of God? 2.5 stars ?Salvador? 2.5 stars ?Flower Hunte...

    This book doesn't bother with quotation marks, and it's full of snakes. I hate both of those things. Yet here I am, giving it 5 stars. Enough said. ...

  • PattyMacDotComma
    Jul 20, 2018

    The truth might be moral, but it isn't always right. Snakes, gators, swamps and storms form the backdrop of these exquisitely human stories. I have to say I enjoyed Florida so much more than Fates and Furies. Groff's writing style is dense and wordy, metaphorical and poetic and -...

    3+ stars 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 a...

    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 cemen...

    Here's the thing - I really do love Groff's writing. These short stories are no exception; she is a master craftsman. She paints so well with her words and phrasing. It's just that.....I don't do so well with "dark," and all eleven of these stories are pretty dark. I don't think Lauren...

    3.5~4? ?When she was pregnant with Jude?s sister, she came into the bathroom to take a cool bath one August night and, without her glasses, missed the three?foot albino alligator her husband had stored in the bathtub. The next morning, she was gone.? Florida. Hot, sticky,...

  • Jessica Sullivan
    Sep 27, 2018

    The truth might be moral, but it isn't always right. Snakes, gators, swamps and storms form the backdrop of these exquisitely human stories. I have to say I enjoyed Florida so much more than Fates and Furies. Groff's writing style is dense and wordy, metaphorical and poetic and -...

    3+ stars 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 a...

    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 cemen...

    Here's the thing - I really do love Groff's writing. These short stories are no exception; she is a master craftsman. She paints so well with her words and phrasing. It's just that.....I don't do so well with "dark," and all eleven of these stories are pretty dark. I don't think Lauren...

    3.5~4? ?When she was pregnant with Jude?s sister, she came into the bathroom to take a cool bath one August night and, without her glasses, missed the three?foot albino alligator her husband had stored in the bathtub. The next morning, she was gone.? Florida. Hot, sticky,...

    Two major, connected threads in this superb story collection are ambivalence about Florida, and ambivalence about motherhood. There?s an oppressive atmosphere throughout, with environmental catastrophe an underlying threat. Set-ups vary in scope from almost the whole span of a life t...

    If these stories are anything to go by Lauren Groff is almost comprehensively disillusioned with men. Men in these stories are either absent, inept, in another world or downright threatening. The last story - and by far the least successful - goes the whole hog and deploys Guy de Mausp...

    These stories feel to me like a continuation of St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell (high praise from me as this remains my favorite short story collection), where Florida remains wild and unsettling and the people managing to live there have some of the same tra...

    I?ve never visited Florida, but I do live in a similar climate so this setting, while foreign, felt more familiar than exotic to me. The heat and humidity, lush foliage, abundant wildlife mainly of the pointy-toothed kind, houses built on stumps with ceiling fans and sleepouts in con...

    2.5 stars Apparently, there is nothing more to write about in Florida besides miserable mothers, storms, and snakes. At its best, the short stories in Groff's new collection read like rough studies of Carson McCullers. There's Southern Gothic elements: anthropomorphized desperation,...

    During a recent visit, Lauren Groff shared that when her husband proposed moving back to his native Florida, she, appalled, made him sign a contract that they would leave in 10 years years. That was more than 12 years ago. In the intervening years, she has come to love the state and al...

    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 wi...

    The lives of the women in these stories are as sluggish and stifling as a Florida summer. The weather, wildlife, and land of Florida plays a huge part in these stories, and in many cases seems to serve as a metaphor for their lives. Groff?s stories skillfully capture the ennui that c...

    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 be...

    4.5 stars The writing is brilliant - slow, atmospheric, dark, vulnerable characters and has themes of loneliness, grief and loss. The book is a delight from start to the end. If you enjoy stories for their quality of narration and not necessarily look for a definitive ending, this o...

    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...

    ?Ghosts and Empties? 3 stars ?At the Round Earth?s Imagined Corners? 3 stars ?Dogs Go Wolf? 2 stars ?The Midnight Zone? 2 stars ?Eyewall? 2 stars ?For the God of Love, for the Love of God? 2.5 stars ?Salvador? 2.5 stars ?Flower Hunte...

    This book doesn't bother with quotation marks, and it's full of snakes. I hate both of those things. Yet here I am, giving it 5 stars. Enough said. ...

    4.5 stars Eleven stories; eleven people with a connection to the state of Florida, which in itself is a character in this newest offering from Lauren Groff. Florida's dense landscapes, its damp climate, its energy and its history come together to form a wonderful collection of engro...

    This is such an excellent collection of short stories. The words and images are so sparkly and perfect they seem to almost glow in the dark. Groff creates an ethereal otherworldly realm with swans whose hearts break, mothers who inhabit panthers, houses that possess their inhabitants a...

    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 c...

    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 l...

    Generally, a beautifully written collection, but the last story Yport is a stunning, brilliant feat of storytelling worth the price of the whole book. ...

    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! ...

    Lauren Groff is an author who I really can?t pinpoint why she isn?t a favorite. All of the elements are there, sharp insights, lovely prose, compelling plot, so why does it always fall a little flat for me? I did like these stories, that are linked more by melancholy and themes of ...

    Amo follemente lo stile di Lauren Groff, penso che tra gli autori contemporanei sia la mia preferita, quando la leggo penso ?vorrei vedere anch?io il mondo come lo vede lei?, non c? una frase scontata, una metafora o un termine che non ami nelle sue storie, uno stile ?ch...

    There is an aspect of menace in Groff?s set of eleven short stories; and her excellent narration of the audiobook just reinforces this undercurrent of unease. There are hurricanes, snakes, alligators, searing heat, and car-swallowing sinkholes. Her protagonists tend to drink too much...

    I?m not exactly a Lauren Groff evangelist, having been hit or miss with her novels, but this short story collection is DAMN GOOD. Maybe this is my preferred form for her writing. Her showy prose isn?t as distracting to me in the short story format: in fact, I kind of love it. ...

  • Marialyce
    Jun 05, 2018

    The truth might be moral, but it isn't always right. Snakes, gators, swamps and storms form the backdrop of these exquisitely human stories. I have to say I enjoyed Florida so much more than Fates and Furies. Groff's writing style is dense and wordy, metaphorical and poetic and -...

    3+ stars 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 a...

    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 cemen...

    Here's the thing - I really do love Groff's writing. These short stories are no exception; she is a master craftsman. She paints so well with her words and phrasing. It's just that.....I don't do so well with "dark," and all eleven of these stories are pretty dark. I don't think Lauren...

    3.5~4? ?When she was pregnant with Jude?s sister, she came into the bathroom to take a cool bath one August night and, without her glasses, missed the three?foot albino alligator her husband had stored in the bathtub. The next morning, she was gone.? Florida. Hot, sticky,...

    Two major, connected threads in this superb story collection are ambivalence about Florida, and ambivalence about motherhood. There?s an oppressive atmosphere throughout, with environmental catastrophe an underlying threat. Set-ups vary in scope from almost the whole span of a life t...

    If these stories are anything to go by Lauren Groff is almost comprehensively disillusioned with men. Men in these stories are either absent, inept, in another world or downright threatening. The last story - and by far the least successful - goes the whole hog and deploys Guy de Mausp...

    These stories feel to me like a continuation of St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell (high praise from me as this remains my favorite short story collection), where Florida remains wild and unsettling and the people managing to live there have some of the same tra...

    I?ve never visited Florida, but I do live in a similar climate so this setting, while foreign, felt more familiar than exotic to me. The heat and humidity, lush foliage, abundant wildlife mainly of the pointy-toothed kind, houses built on stumps with ceiling fans and sleepouts in con...

    2.5 stars Apparently, there is nothing more to write about in Florida besides miserable mothers, storms, and snakes. At its best, the short stories in Groff's new collection read like rough studies of Carson McCullers. There's Southern Gothic elements: anthropomorphized desperation,...

    During a recent visit, Lauren Groff shared that when her husband proposed moving back to his native Florida, she, appalled, made him sign a contract that they would leave in 10 years years. That was more than 12 years ago. In the intervening years, she has come to love the state and al...

    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 wi...

    The lives of the women in these stories are as sluggish and stifling as a Florida summer. The weather, wildlife, and land of Florida plays a huge part in these stories, and in many cases seems to serve as a metaphor for their lives. Groff?s stories skillfully capture the ennui that c...

    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 be...

    4.5 stars The writing is brilliant - slow, atmospheric, dark, vulnerable characters and has themes of loneliness, grief and loss. The book is a delight from start to the end. If you enjoy stories for their quality of narration and not necessarily look for a definitive ending, this o...

    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...

  • Heather
    Sep 15, 2018

    The truth might be moral, but it isn't always right. Snakes, gators, swamps and storms form the backdrop of these exquisitely human stories. I have to say I enjoyed Florida so much more than Fates and Furies. Groff's writing style is dense and wordy, metaphorical and poetic and -...

    3+ stars 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 a...

    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 cemen...

    Here's the thing - I really do love Groff's writing. These short stories are no exception; she is a master craftsman. She paints so well with her words and phrasing. It's just that.....I don't do so well with "dark," and all eleven of these stories are pretty dark. I don't think Lauren...

    3.5~4? ?When she was pregnant with Jude?s sister, she came into the bathroom to take a cool bath one August night and, without her glasses, missed the three?foot albino alligator her husband had stored in the bathtub. The next morning, she was gone.? Florida. Hot, sticky,...

    Two major, connected threads in this superb story collection are ambivalence about Florida, and ambivalence about motherhood. There?s an oppressive atmosphere throughout, with environmental catastrophe an underlying threat. Set-ups vary in scope from almost the whole span of a life t...

    If these stories are anything to go by Lauren Groff is almost comprehensively disillusioned with men. Men in these stories are either absent, inept, in another world or downright threatening. The last story - and by far the least successful - goes the whole hog and deploys Guy de Mausp...

    These stories feel to me like a continuation of St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell (high praise from me as this remains my favorite short story collection), where Florida remains wild and unsettling and the people managing to live there have some of the same tra...

    I?ve never visited Florida, but I do live in a similar climate so this setting, while foreign, felt more familiar than exotic to me. The heat and humidity, lush foliage, abundant wildlife mainly of the pointy-toothed kind, houses built on stumps with ceiling fans and sleepouts in con...

    2.5 stars Apparently, there is nothing more to write about in Florida besides miserable mothers, storms, and snakes. At its best, the short stories in Groff's new collection read like rough studies of Carson McCullers. There's Southern Gothic elements: anthropomorphized desperation,...

    During a recent visit, Lauren Groff shared that when her husband proposed moving back to his native Florida, she, appalled, made him sign a contract that they would leave in 10 years years. That was more than 12 years ago. In the intervening years, she has come to love the state and al...

    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 wi...

    The lives of the women in these stories are as sluggish and stifling as a Florida summer. The weather, wildlife, and land of Florida plays a huge part in these stories, and in many cases seems to serve as a metaphor for their lives. Groff?s stories skillfully capture the ennui that c...

    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 be...

    4.5 stars The writing is brilliant - slow, atmospheric, dark, vulnerable characters and has themes of loneliness, grief and loss. The book is a delight from start to the end. If you enjoy stories for their quality of narration and not necessarily look for a definitive ending, this o...

    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...

    ?Ghosts and Empties? 3 stars ?At the Round Earth?s Imagined Corners? 3 stars ?Dogs Go Wolf? 2 stars ?The Midnight Zone? 2 stars ?Eyewall? 2 stars ?For the God of Love, for the Love of God? 2.5 stars ?Salvador? 2.5 stars ?Flower Hunte...

    This book doesn't bother with quotation marks, and it's full of snakes. I hate both of those things. Yet here I am, giving it 5 stars. Enough said. ...

    4.5 stars Eleven stories; eleven people with a connection to the state of Florida, which in itself is a character in this newest offering from Lauren Groff. Florida's dense landscapes, its damp climate, its energy and its history come together to form a wonderful collection of engro...

    This is such an excellent collection of short stories. The words and images are so sparkly and perfect they seem to almost glow in the dark. Groff creates an ethereal otherworldly realm with swans whose hearts break, mothers who inhabit panthers, houses that possess their inhabitants a...

  • Ana
    Sep 09, 2018

    The truth might be moral, but it isn't always right. Snakes, gators, swamps and storms form the backdrop of these exquisitely human stories. I have to say I enjoyed Florida so much more than Fates and Furies. Groff's writing style is dense and wordy, metaphorical and poetic and -...

    3+ stars 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 a...

    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 cemen...

    Here's the thing - I really do love Groff's writing. These short stories are no exception; she is a master craftsman. She paints so well with her words and phrasing. It's just that.....I don't do so well with "dark," and all eleven of these stories are pretty dark. I don't think Lauren...

    3.5~4? ?When she was pregnant with Jude?s sister, she came into the bathroom to take a cool bath one August night and, without her glasses, missed the three?foot albino alligator her husband had stored in the bathtub. The next morning, she was gone.? Florida. Hot, sticky,...

    Two major, connected threads in this superb story collection are ambivalence about Florida, and ambivalence about motherhood. There?s an oppressive atmosphere throughout, with environmental catastrophe an underlying threat. Set-ups vary in scope from almost the whole span of a life t...

    If these stories are anything to go by Lauren Groff is almost comprehensively disillusioned with men. Men in these stories are either absent, inept, in another world or downright threatening. The last story - and by far the least successful - goes the whole hog and deploys Guy de Mausp...

    These stories feel to me like a continuation of St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell (high praise from me as this remains my favorite short story collection), where Florida remains wild and unsettling and the people managing to live there have some of the same tra...

    I?ve never visited Florida, but I do live in a similar climate so this setting, while foreign, felt more familiar than exotic to me. The heat and humidity, lush foliage, abundant wildlife mainly of the pointy-toothed kind, houses built on stumps with ceiling fans and sleepouts in con...

    2.5 stars Apparently, there is nothing more to write about in Florida besides miserable mothers, storms, and snakes. At its best, the short stories in Groff's new collection read like rough studies of Carson McCullers. There's Southern Gothic elements: anthropomorphized desperation,...

    During a recent visit, Lauren Groff shared that when her husband proposed moving back to his native Florida, she, appalled, made him sign a contract that they would leave in 10 years years. That was more than 12 years ago. In the intervening years, she has come to love the state and al...

    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 wi...

    The lives of the women in these stories are as sluggish and stifling as a Florida summer. The weather, wildlife, and land of Florida plays a huge part in these stories, and in many cases seems to serve as a metaphor for their lives. Groff?s stories skillfully capture the ennui that c...

    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 be...

    4.5 stars The writing is brilliant - slow, atmospheric, dark, vulnerable characters and has themes of loneliness, grief and loss. The book is a delight from start to the end. If you enjoy stories for their quality of narration and not necessarily look for a definitive ending, this o...

    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...

    ?Ghosts and Empties? 3 stars ?At the Round Earth?s Imagined Corners? 3 stars ?Dogs Go Wolf? 2 stars ?The Midnight Zone? 2 stars ?Eyewall? 2 stars ?For the God of Love, for the Love of God? 2.5 stars ?Salvador? 2.5 stars ?Flower Hunte...

  • Kasa Cotugno
    Jun 27, 2018

    The truth might be moral, but it isn't always right. Snakes, gators, swamps and storms form the backdrop of these exquisitely human stories. I have to say I enjoyed Florida so much more than Fates and Furies. Groff's writing style is dense and wordy, metaphorical and poetic and -...

    3+ stars 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 a...

    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 cemen...

    Here's the thing - I really do love Groff's writing. These short stories are no exception; she is a master craftsman. She paints so well with her words and phrasing. It's just that.....I don't do so well with "dark," and all eleven of these stories are pretty dark. I don't think Lauren...

    3.5~4? ?When she was pregnant with Jude?s sister, she came into the bathroom to take a cool bath one August night and, without her glasses, missed the three?foot albino alligator her husband had stored in the bathtub. The next morning, she was gone.? Florida. Hot, sticky,...

    Two major, connected threads in this superb story collection are ambivalence about Florida, and ambivalence about motherhood. There?s an oppressive atmosphere throughout, with environmental catastrophe an underlying threat. Set-ups vary in scope from almost the whole span of a life t...

    If these stories are anything to go by Lauren Groff is almost comprehensively disillusioned with men. Men in these stories are either absent, inept, in another world or downright threatening. The last story - and by far the least successful - goes the whole hog and deploys Guy de Mausp...

    These stories feel to me like a continuation of St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell (high praise from me as this remains my favorite short story collection), where Florida remains wild and unsettling and the people managing to live there have some of the same tra...

    I?ve never visited Florida, but I do live in a similar climate so this setting, while foreign, felt more familiar than exotic to me. The heat and humidity, lush foliage, abundant wildlife mainly of the pointy-toothed kind, houses built on stumps with ceiling fans and sleepouts in con...

    2.5 stars Apparently, there is nothing more to write about in Florida besides miserable mothers, storms, and snakes. At its best, the short stories in Groff's new collection read like rough studies of Carson McCullers. There's Southern Gothic elements: anthropomorphized desperation,...

    During a recent visit, Lauren Groff shared that when her husband proposed moving back to his native Florida, she, appalled, made him sign a contract that they would leave in 10 years years. That was more than 12 years ago. In the intervening years, she has come to love the state and al...

  • Dianne
    Jul 04, 2018

    The truth might be moral, but it isn't always right. Snakes, gators, swamps and storms form the backdrop of these exquisitely human stories. I have to say I enjoyed Florida so much more than Fates and Furies. Groff's writing style is dense and wordy, metaphorical and poetic and -...

    3+ stars 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 a...

    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 cemen...

    Here's the thing - I really do love Groff's writing. These short stories are no exception; she is a master craftsman. She paints so well with her words and phrasing. It's just that.....I don't do so well with "dark," and all eleven of these stories are pretty dark. I don't think Lauren...

  • Esil
    May 12, 2018

    The truth might be moral, but it isn't always right. Snakes, gators, swamps and storms form the backdrop of these exquisitely human stories. I have to say I enjoyed Florida so much more than Fates and Furies. Groff's writing style is dense and wordy, metaphorical and poetic and -...

    3+ stars 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 a...

  • Drew
    Jun 26, 2018

    The truth might be moral, but it isn't always right. Snakes, gators, swamps and storms form the backdrop of these exquisitely human stories. I have to say I enjoyed Florida so much more than Fates and Furies. Groff's writing style is dense and wordy, metaphorical and poetic and -...

    3+ stars 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 a...

    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 cemen...

    Here's the thing - I really do love Groff's writing. These short stories are no exception; she is a master craftsman. She paints so well with her words and phrasing. It's just that.....I don't do so well with "dark," and all eleven of these stories are pretty dark. I don't think Lauren...

    3.5~4? ?When she was pregnant with Jude?s sister, she came into the bathroom to take a cool bath one August night and, without her glasses, missed the three?foot albino alligator her husband had stored in the bathtub. The next morning, she was gone.? Florida. Hot, sticky,...

    Two major, connected threads in this superb story collection are ambivalence about Florida, and ambivalence about motherhood. There?s an oppressive atmosphere throughout, with environmental catastrophe an underlying threat. Set-ups vary in scope from almost the whole span of a life t...

    If these stories are anything to go by Lauren Groff is almost comprehensively disillusioned with men. Men in these stories are either absent, inept, in another world or downright threatening. The last story - and by far the least successful - goes the whole hog and deploys Guy de Mausp...

    These stories feel to me like a continuation of St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell (high praise from me as this remains my favorite short story collection), where Florida remains wild and unsettling and the people managing to live there have some of the same tra...

    I?ve never visited Florida, but I do live in a similar climate so this setting, while foreign, felt more familiar than exotic to me. The heat and humidity, lush foliage, abundant wildlife mainly of the pointy-toothed kind, houses built on stumps with ceiling fans and sleepouts in con...

    2.5 stars Apparently, there is nothing more to write about in Florida besides miserable mothers, storms, and snakes. At its best, the short stories in Groff's new collection read like rough studies of Carson McCullers. There's Southern Gothic elements: anthropomorphized desperation,...

    During a recent visit, Lauren Groff shared that when her husband proposed moving back to his native Florida, she, appalled, made him sign a contract that they would leave in 10 years years. That was more than 12 years ago. In the intervening years, she has come to love the state and al...

    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 wi...

    The lives of the women in these stories are as sluggish and stifling as a Florida summer. The weather, wildlife, and land of Florida plays a huge part in these stories, and in many cases seems to serve as a metaphor for their lives. Groff?s stories skillfully capture the ennui that c...

    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 be...

    4.5 stars The writing is brilliant - slow, atmospheric, dark, vulnerable characters and has themes of loneliness, grief and loss. The book is a delight from start to the end. If you enjoy stories for their quality of narration and not necessarily look for a definitive ending, this o...

    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...

    ?Ghosts and Empties? 3 stars ?At the Round Earth?s Imagined Corners? 3 stars ?Dogs Go Wolf? 2 stars ?The Midnight Zone? 2 stars ?Eyewall? 2 stars ?For the God of Love, for the Love of God? 2.5 stars ?Salvador? 2.5 stars ?Flower Hunte...

    This book doesn't bother with quotation marks, and it's full of snakes. I hate both of those things. Yet here I am, giving it 5 stars. Enough said. ...

    4.5 stars Eleven stories; eleven people with a connection to the state of Florida, which in itself is a character in this newest offering from Lauren Groff. Florida's dense landscapes, its damp climate, its energy and its history come together to form a wonderful collection of engro...

    This is such an excellent collection of short stories. The words and images are so sparkly and perfect they seem to almost glow in the dark. Groff creates an ethereal otherworldly realm with swans whose hearts break, mothers who inhabit panthers, houses that possess their inhabitants a...

    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 c...

    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 l...

    Generally, a beautifully written collection, but the last story Yport is a stunning, brilliant feat of storytelling worth the price of the whole book. ...

    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! ...

    Lauren Groff is an author who I really can?t pinpoint why she isn?t a favorite. All of the elements are there, sharp insights, lovely prose, compelling plot, so why does it always fall a little flat for me? I did like these stories, that are linked more by melancholy and themes of ...

    Amo follemente lo stile di Lauren Groff, penso che tra gli autori contemporanei sia la mia preferita, quando la leggo penso ?vorrei vedere anch?io il mondo come lo vede lei?, non c? una frase scontata, una metafora o un termine che non ami nelle sue storie, uno stile ?ch...

    There is an aspect of menace in Groff?s set of eleven short stories; and her excellent narration of the audiobook just reinforces this undercurrent of unease. There are hurricanes, snakes, alligators, searing heat, and car-swallowing sinkholes. Her protagonists tend to drink too much...

    I?m not exactly a Lauren Groff evangelist, having been hit or miss with her novels, but this short story collection is DAMN GOOD. Maybe this is my preferred form for her writing. Her showy prose isn?t as distracting to me in the short story format: in fact, I kind of love it. ...

    Two months ago I moved from San Francisco to St Petersburg, Florida. Not long after I?d arrived, I spotted Groff?s book* and thought, ah, an introduction. I?m not sure what I expected, my curiosity only sharpened by an essay I?d stumbled upon the same week, Sarah Viren?s ?E...

    6 out of 5. I never wanted this collection to end. I forced myself to hang onto stories, to leave the collection where I couldn't get to it for a day or three, just so that the experience would extend. Groff is, of course, a master writer -- but this collection might be the stronge...

  • Jessica Woodbury
    Jul 07, 2018

    The truth might be moral, but it isn't always right. Snakes, gators, swamps and storms form the backdrop of these exquisitely human stories. I have to say I enjoyed Florida so much more than Fates and Furies. Groff's writing style is dense and wordy, metaphorical and poetic and -...

    3+ stars 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 a...

    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 cemen...

    Here's the thing - I really do love Groff's writing. These short stories are no exception; she is a master craftsman. She paints so well with her words and phrasing. It's just that.....I don't do so well with "dark," and all eleven of these stories are pretty dark. I don't think Lauren...

    3.5~4? ?When she was pregnant with Jude?s sister, she came into the bathroom to take a cool bath one August night and, without her glasses, missed the three?foot albino alligator her husband had stored in the bathtub. The next morning, she was gone.? Florida. Hot, sticky,...

    Two major, connected threads in this superb story collection are ambivalence about Florida, and ambivalence about motherhood. There?s an oppressive atmosphere throughout, with environmental catastrophe an underlying threat. Set-ups vary in scope from almost the whole span of a life t...

    If these stories are anything to go by Lauren Groff is almost comprehensively disillusioned with men. Men in these stories are either absent, inept, in another world or downright threatening. The last story - and by far the least successful - goes the whole hog and deploys Guy de Mausp...

    These stories feel to me like a continuation of St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell (high praise from me as this remains my favorite short story collection), where Florida remains wild and unsettling and the people managing to live there have some of the same tra...

    I?ve never visited Florida, but I do live in a similar climate so this setting, while foreign, felt more familiar than exotic to me. The heat and humidity, lush foliage, abundant wildlife mainly of the pointy-toothed kind, houses built on stumps with ceiling fans and sleepouts in con...

    2.5 stars Apparently, there is nothing more to write about in Florida besides miserable mothers, storms, and snakes. At its best, the short stories in Groff's new collection read like rough studies of Carson McCullers. There's Southern Gothic elements: anthropomorphized desperation,...

    During a recent visit, Lauren Groff shared that when her husband proposed moving back to his native Florida, she, appalled, made him sign a contract that they would leave in 10 years years. That was more than 12 years ago. In the intervening years, she has come to love the state and al...

    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 wi...

    The lives of the women in these stories are as sluggish and stifling as a Florida summer. The weather, wildlife, and land of Florida plays a huge part in these stories, and in many cases seems to serve as a metaphor for their lives. Groff?s stories skillfully capture the ennui that c...

    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 be...

  • Emily May
    Jul 07, 2018

    The truth might be moral, but it isn't always right. Snakes, gators, swamps and storms form the backdrop of these exquisitely human stories. I have to say I enjoyed Florida so much more than Fates and Furies. Groff's writing style is dense and wordy, metaphorical and poetic and -...

  • Rebecca
    May 10, 2018

    The truth might be moral, but it isn't always right. Snakes, gators, swamps and storms form the backdrop of these exquisitely human stories. I have to say I enjoyed Florida so much more than Fates and Furies. Groff's writing style is dense and wordy, metaphorical and poetic and -...

    3+ stars 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 a...

    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 cemen...

    Here's the thing - I really do love Groff's writing. These short stories are no exception; she is a master craftsman. She paints so well with her words and phrasing. It's just that.....I don't do so well with "dark," and all eleven of these stories are pretty dark. I don't think Lauren...

    3.5~4? ?When she was pregnant with Jude?s sister, she came into the bathroom to take a cool bath one August night and, without her glasses, missed the three?foot albino alligator her husband had stored in the bathtub. The next morning, she was gone.? Florida. Hot, sticky,...

    Two major, connected threads in this superb story collection are ambivalence about Florida, and ambivalence about motherhood. There?s an oppressive atmosphere throughout, with environmental catastrophe an underlying threat. Set-ups vary in scope from almost the whole span of a life t...

  • Marchpane
    Sep 26, 2018

    The truth might be moral, but it isn't always right. Snakes, gators, swamps and storms form the backdrop of these exquisitely human stories. I have to say I enjoyed Florida so much more than Fates and Furies. Groff's writing style is dense and wordy, metaphorical and poetic and -...

    3+ stars 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 a...

    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 cemen...

    Here's the thing - I really do love Groff's writing. These short stories are no exception; she is a master craftsman. She paints so well with her words and phrasing. It's just that.....I don't do so well with "dark," and all eleven of these stories are pretty dark. I don't think Lauren...

    3.5~4? ?When she was pregnant with Jude?s sister, she came into the bathroom to take a cool bath one August night and, without her glasses, missed the three?foot albino alligator her husband had stored in the bathtub. The next morning, she was gone.? Florida. Hot, sticky,...

    Two major, connected threads in this superb story collection are ambivalence about Florida, and ambivalence about motherhood. There?s an oppressive atmosphere throughout, with environmental catastrophe an underlying threat. Set-ups vary in scope from almost the whole span of a life t...

    If these stories are anything to go by Lauren Groff is almost comprehensively disillusioned with men. Men in these stories are either absent, inept, in another world or downright threatening. The last story - and by far the least successful - goes the whole hog and deploys Guy de Mausp...

    These stories feel to me like a continuation of St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell (high praise from me as this remains my favorite short story collection), where Florida remains wild and unsettling and the people managing to live there have some of the same tra...

    I?ve never visited Florida, but I do live in a similar climate so this setting, while foreign, felt more familiar than exotic to me. The heat and humidity, lush foliage, abundant wildlife mainly of the pointy-toothed kind, houses built on stumps with ceiling fans and sleepouts in con...

  • Rebecca Renner
    Jun 21, 2018

    The truth might be moral, but it isn't always right. Snakes, gators, swamps and storms form the backdrop of these exquisitely human stories. I have to say I enjoyed Florida so much more than Fates and Furies. Groff's writing style is dense and wordy, metaphorical and poetic and -...

    3+ stars 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 a...

    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 cemen...

    Here's the thing - I really do love Groff's writing. These short stories are no exception; she is a master craftsman. She paints so well with her words and phrasing. It's just that.....I don't do so well with "dark," and all eleven of these stories are pretty dark. I don't think Lauren...

    3.5~4? ?When she was pregnant with Jude?s sister, she came into the bathroom to take a cool bath one August night and, without her glasses, missed the three?foot albino alligator her husband had stored in the bathtub. The next morning, she was gone.? Florida. Hot, sticky,...

    Two major, connected threads in this superb story collection are ambivalence about Florida, and ambivalence about motherhood. There?s an oppressive atmosphere throughout, with environmental catastrophe an underlying threat. Set-ups vary in scope from almost the whole span of a life t...

    If these stories are anything to go by Lauren Groff is almost comprehensively disillusioned with men. Men in these stories are either absent, inept, in another world or downright threatening. The last story - and by far the least successful - goes the whole hog and deploys Guy de Mausp...

    These stories feel to me like a continuation of St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell (high praise from me as this remains my favorite short story collection), where Florida remains wild and unsettling and the people managing to live there have some of the same tra...

    I?ve never visited Florida, but I do live in a similar climate so this setting, while foreign, felt more familiar than exotic to me. The heat and humidity, lush foliage, abundant wildlife mainly of the pointy-toothed kind, houses built on stumps with ceiling fans and sleepouts in con...

    2.5 stars Apparently, there is nothing more to write about in Florida besides miserable mothers, storms, and snakes. At its best, the short stories in Groff's new collection read like rough studies of Carson McCullers. There's Southern Gothic elements: anthropomorphized desperation,...

    During a recent visit, Lauren Groff shared that when her husband proposed moving back to his native Florida, she, appalled, made him sign a contract that they would leave in 10 years years. That was more than 12 years ago. In the intervening years, she has come to love the state and al...

    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 wi...

    The lives of the women in these stories are as sluggish and stifling as a Florida summer. The weather, wildlife, and land of Florida plays a huge part in these stories, and in many cases seems to serve as a metaphor for their lives. Groff?s stories skillfully capture the ennui that c...

    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 be...

    4.5 stars The writing is brilliant - slow, atmospheric, dark, vulnerable characters and has themes of loneliness, grief and loss. The book is a delight from start to the end. If you enjoy stories for their quality of narration and not necessarily look for a definitive ending, this o...

    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...

    ?Ghosts and Empties? 3 stars ?At the Round Earth?s Imagined Corners? 3 stars ?Dogs Go Wolf? 2 stars ?The Midnight Zone? 2 stars ?Eyewall? 2 stars ?For the God of Love, for the Love of God? 2.5 stars ?Salvador? 2.5 stars ?Flower Hunte...

    This book doesn't bother with quotation marks, and it's full of snakes. I hate both of those things. Yet here I am, giving it 5 stars. Enough said. ...

    4.5 stars Eleven stories; eleven people with a connection to the state of Florida, which in itself is a character in this newest offering from Lauren Groff. Florida's dense landscapes, its damp climate, its energy and its history come together to form a wonderful collection of engro...

    This is such an excellent collection of short stories. The words and images are so sparkly and perfect they seem to almost glow in the dark. Groff creates an ethereal otherworldly realm with swans whose hearts break, mothers who inhabit panthers, houses that possess their inhabitants a...

    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 c...

    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 l...

  • Katie (katieladyreads)
    Jun 13, 2018

    The truth might be moral, but it isn't always right. Snakes, gators, swamps and storms form the backdrop of these exquisitely human stories. I have to say I enjoyed Florida so much more than Fates and Furies. Groff's writing style is dense and wordy, metaphorical and poetic and -...

    3+ stars 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 a...

    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 cemen...

    Here's the thing - I really do love Groff's writing. These short stories are no exception; she is a master craftsman. She paints so well with her words and phrasing. It's just that.....I don't do so well with "dark," and all eleven of these stories are pretty dark. I don't think Lauren...

    3.5~4? ?When she was pregnant with Jude?s sister, she came into the bathroom to take a cool bath one August night and, without her glasses, missed the three?foot albino alligator her husband had stored in the bathtub. The next morning, she was gone.? Florida. Hot, sticky,...

    Two major, connected threads in this superb story collection are ambivalence about Florida, and ambivalence about motherhood. There?s an oppressive atmosphere throughout, with environmental catastrophe an underlying threat. Set-ups vary in scope from almost the whole span of a life t...

    If these stories are anything to go by Lauren Groff is almost comprehensively disillusioned with men. Men in these stories are either absent, inept, in another world or downright threatening. The last story - and by far the least successful - goes the whole hog and deploys Guy de Mausp...

    These stories feel to me like a continuation of St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell (high praise from me as this remains my favorite short story collection), where Florida remains wild and unsettling and the people managing to live there have some of the same tra...

    I?ve never visited Florida, but I do live in a similar climate so this setting, while foreign, felt more familiar than exotic to me. The heat and humidity, lush foliage, abundant wildlife mainly of the pointy-toothed kind, houses built on stumps with ceiling fans and sleepouts in con...

    2.5 stars Apparently, there is nothing more to write about in Florida besides miserable mothers, storms, and snakes. At its best, the short stories in Groff's new collection read like rough studies of Carson McCullers. There's Southern Gothic elements: anthropomorphized desperation,...

    During a recent visit, Lauren Groff shared that when her husband proposed moving back to his native Florida, she, appalled, made him sign a contract that they would leave in 10 years years. That was more than 12 years ago. In the intervening years, she has come to love the state and al...

    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 wi...

    The lives of the women in these stories are as sluggish and stifling as a Florida summer. The weather, wildlife, and land of Florida plays a huge part in these stories, and in many cases seems to serve as a metaphor for their lives. Groff?s stories skillfully capture the ennui that c...

    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 be...

    4.5 stars The writing is brilliant - slow, atmospheric, dark, vulnerable characters and has themes of loneliness, grief and loss. The book is a delight from start to the end. If you enjoy stories for their quality of narration and not necessarily look for a definitive ending, this o...

    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...

    ?Ghosts and Empties? 3 stars ?At the Round Earth?s Imagined Corners? 3 stars ?Dogs Go Wolf? 2 stars ?The Midnight Zone? 2 stars ?Eyewall? 2 stars ?For the God of Love, for the Love of God? 2.5 stars ?Salvador? 2.5 stars ?Flower Hunte...

    This book doesn't bother with quotation marks, and it's full of snakes. I hate both of those things. Yet here I am, giving it 5 stars. Enough said. ...

    4.5 stars Eleven stories; eleven people with a connection to the state of Florida, which in itself is a character in this newest offering from Lauren Groff. Florida's dense landscapes, its damp climate, its energy and its history come together to form a wonderful collection of engro...

    This is such an excellent collection of short stories. The words and images are so sparkly and perfect they seem to almost glow in the dark. Groff creates an ethereal otherworldly realm with swans whose hearts break, mothers who inhabit panthers, houses that possess their inhabitants a...

    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 c...

    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 l...

    Generally, a beautifully written collection, but the last story Yport is a stunning, brilliant feat of storytelling worth the price of the whole book. ...

    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! ...

  • Neil
    Feb 26, 2018

    The truth might be moral, but it isn't always right. Snakes, gators, swamps and storms form the backdrop of these exquisitely human stories. I have to say I enjoyed Florida so much more than Fates and Furies. Groff's writing style is dense and wordy, metaphorical and poetic and -...

    3+ stars 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 a...

    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 cemen...

    Here's the thing - I really do love Groff's writing. These short stories are no exception; she is a master craftsman. She paints so well with her words and phrasing. It's just that.....I don't do so well with "dark," and all eleven of these stories are pretty dark. I don't think Lauren...

    3.5~4? ?When she was pregnant with Jude?s sister, she came into the bathroom to take a cool bath one August night and, without her glasses, missed the three?foot albino alligator her husband had stored in the bathtub. The next morning, she was gone.? Florida. Hot, sticky,...

    Two major, connected threads in this superb story collection are ambivalence about Florida, and ambivalence about motherhood. There?s an oppressive atmosphere throughout, with environmental catastrophe an underlying threat. Set-ups vary in scope from almost the whole span of a life t...

    If these stories are anything to go by Lauren Groff is almost comprehensively disillusioned with men. Men in these stories are either absent, inept, in another world or downright threatening. The last story - and by far the least successful - goes the whole hog and deploys Guy de Mausp...

    These stories feel to me like a continuation of St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell (high praise from me as this remains my favorite short story collection), where Florida remains wild and unsettling and the people managing to live there have some of the same tra...

    I?ve never visited Florida, but I do live in a similar climate so this setting, while foreign, felt more familiar than exotic to me. The heat and humidity, lush foliage, abundant wildlife mainly of the pointy-toothed kind, houses built on stumps with ceiling fans and sleepouts in con...

    2.5 stars Apparently, there is nothing more to write about in Florida besides miserable mothers, storms, and snakes. At its best, the short stories in Groff's new collection read like rough studies of Carson McCullers. There's Southern Gothic elements: anthropomorphized desperation,...

    During a recent visit, Lauren Groff shared that when her husband proposed moving back to his native Florida, she, appalled, made him sign a contract that they would leave in 10 years years. That was more than 12 years ago. In the intervening years, she has come to love the state and al...

    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 wi...

    The lives of the women in these stories are as sluggish and stifling as a Florida summer. The weather, wildlife, and land of Florida plays a huge part in these stories, and in many cases seems to serve as a metaphor for their lives. Groff?s stories skillfully capture the ennui that c...

    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 be...

    4.5 stars The writing is brilliant - slow, atmospheric, dark, vulnerable characters and has themes of loneliness, grief and loss. The book is a delight from start to the end. If you enjoy stories for their quality of narration and not necessarily look for a definitive ending, this o...

    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...

    ?Ghosts and Empties? 3 stars ?At the Round Earth?s Imagined Corners? 3 stars ?Dogs Go Wolf? 2 stars ?The Midnight Zone? 2 stars ?Eyewall? 2 stars ?For the God of Love, for the Love of God? 2.5 stars ?Salvador? 2.5 stars ?Flower Hunte...

    This book doesn't bother with quotation marks, and it's full of snakes. I hate both of those things. Yet here I am, giving it 5 stars. Enough said. ...

    4.5 stars Eleven stories; eleven people with a connection to the state of Florida, which in itself is a character in this newest offering from Lauren Groff. Florida's dense landscapes, its damp climate, its energy and its history come together to form a wonderful collection of engro...

    This is such an excellent collection of short stories. The words and images are so sparkly and perfect they seem to almost glow in the dark. Groff creates an ethereal otherworldly realm with swans whose hearts break, mothers who inhabit panthers, houses that possess their inhabitants a...

    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 c...

  • Hannah
    May 13, 2018

    The truth might be moral, but it isn't always right. Snakes, gators, swamps and storms form the backdrop of these exquisitely human stories. I have to say I enjoyed Florida so much more than Fates and Furies. Groff's writing style is dense and wordy, metaphorical and poetic and -...

    3+ stars 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 a...

    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 cemen...

  • Rod-Kelly Hines
    Jul 22, 2018

    The truth might be moral, but it isn't always right. Snakes, gators, swamps and storms form the backdrop of these exquisitely human stories. I have to say I enjoyed Florida so much more than Fates and Furies. Groff's writing style is dense and wordy, metaphorical and poetic and -...

    3+ stars 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 a...

    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 cemen...

    Here's the thing - I really do love Groff's writing. These short stories are no exception; she is a master craftsman. She paints so well with her words and phrasing. It's just that.....I don't do so well with "dark," and all eleven of these stories are pretty dark. I don't think Lauren...

    3.5~4? ?When she was pregnant with Jude?s sister, she came into the bathroom to take a cool bath one August night and, without her glasses, missed the three?foot albino alligator her husband had stored in the bathtub. The next morning, she was gone.? Florida. Hot, sticky,...

    Two major, connected threads in this superb story collection are ambivalence about Florida, and ambivalence about motherhood. There?s an oppressive atmosphere throughout, with environmental catastrophe an underlying threat. Set-ups vary in scope from almost the whole span of a life t...

    If these stories are anything to go by Lauren Groff is almost comprehensively disillusioned with men. Men in these stories are either absent, inept, in another world or downright threatening. The last story - and by far the least successful - goes the whole hog and deploys Guy de Mausp...

    These stories feel to me like a continuation of St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell (high praise from me as this remains my favorite short story collection), where Florida remains wild and unsettling and the people managing to live there have some of the same tra...

    I?ve never visited Florida, but I do live in a similar climate so this setting, while foreign, felt more familiar than exotic to me. The heat and humidity, lush foliage, abundant wildlife mainly of the pointy-toothed kind, houses built on stumps with ceiling fans and sleepouts in con...

    2.5 stars Apparently, there is nothing more to write about in Florida besides miserable mothers, storms, and snakes. At its best, the short stories in Groff's new collection read like rough studies of Carson McCullers. There's Southern Gothic elements: anthropomorphized desperation,...

    During a recent visit, Lauren Groff shared that when her husband proposed moving back to his native Florida, she, appalled, made him sign a contract that they would leave in 10 years years. That was more than 12 years ago. In the intervening years, she has come to love the state and al...

    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 wi...

    The lives of the women in these stories are as sluggish and stifling as a Florida summer. The weather, wildlife, and land of Florida plays a huge part in these stories, and in many cases seems to serve as a metaphor for their lives. Groff?s stories skillfully capture the ennui that c...

    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 be...

    4.5 stars The writing is brilliant - slow, atmospheric, dark, vulnerable characters and has themes of loneliness, grief and loss. The book is a delight from start to the end. If you enjoy stories for their quality of narration and not necessarily look for a definitive ending, this o...

    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...

    ?Ghosts and Empties? 3 stars ?At the Round Earth?s Imagined Corners? 3 stars ?Dogs Go Wolf? 2 stars ?The Midnight Zone? 2 stars ?Eyewall? 2 stars ?For the God of Love, for the Love of God? 2.5 stars ?Salvador? 2.5 stars ?Flower Hunte...

    This book doesn't bother with quotation marks, and it's full of snakes. I hate both of those things. Yet here I am, giving it 5 stars. Enough said. ...

    4.5 stars Eleven stories; eleven people with a connection to the state of Florida, which in itself is a character in this newest offering from Lauren Groff. Florida's dense landscapes, its damp climate, its energy and its history come together to form a wonderful collection of engro...

    This is such an excellent collection of short stories. The words and images are so sparkly and perfect they seem to almost glow in the dark. Groff creates an ethereal otherworldly realm with swans whose hearts break, mothers who inhabit panthers, houses that possess their inhabitants a...

    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 c...

    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 l...

    Generally, a beautifully written collection, but the last story Yport is a stunning, brilliant feat of storytelling worth the price of the whole book. ...

  • Katie Long
    Aug 26, 2018

    The truth might be moral, but it isn't always right. Snakes, gators, swamps and storms form the backdrop of these exquisitely human stories. I have to say I enjoyed Florida so much more than Fates and Furies. Groff's writing style is dense and wordy, metaphorical and poetic and -...

    3+ stars 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 a...

    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 cemen...

    Here's the thing - I really do love Groff's writing. These short stories are no exception; she is a master craftsman. She paints so well with her words and phrasing. It's just that.....I don't do so well with "dark," and all eleven of these stories are pretty dark. I don't think Lauren...

    3.5~4? ?When she was pregnant with Jude?s sister, she came into the bathroom to take a cool bath one August night and, without her glasses, missed the three?foot albino alligator her husband had stored in the bathtub. The next morning, she was gone.? Florida. Hot, sticky,...

    Two major, connected threads in this superb story collection are ambivalence about Florida, and ambivalence about motherhood. There?s an oppressive atmosphere throughout, with environmental catastrophe an underlying threat. Set-ups vary in scope from almost the whole span of a life t...

    If these stories are anything to go by Lauren Groff is almost comprehensively disillusioned with men. Men in these stories are either absent, inept, in another world or downright threatening. The last story - and by far the least successful - goes the whole hog and deploys Guy de Mausp...

    These stories feel to me like a continuation of St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell (high praise from me as this remains my favorite short story collection), where Florida remains wild and unsettling and the people managing to live there have some of the same tra...

    I?ve never visited Florida, but I do live in a similar climate so this setting, while foreign, felt more familiar than exotic to me. The heat and humidity, lush foliage, abundant wildlife mainly of the pointy-toothed kind, houses built on stumps with ceiling fans and sleepouts in con...

    2.5 stars Apparently, there is nothing more to write about in Florida besides miserable mothers, storms, and snakes. At its best, the short stories in Groff's new collection read like rough studies of Carson McCullers. There's Southern Gothic elements: anthropomorphized desperation,...

    During a recent visit, Lauren Groff shared that when her husband proposed moving back to his native Florida, she, appalled, made him sign a contract that they would leave in 10 years years. That was more than 12 years ago. In the intervening years, she has come to love the state and al...

    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 wi...

    The lives of the women in these stories are as sluggish and stifling as a Florida summer. The weather, wildlife, and land of Florida plays a huge part in these stories, and in many cases seems to serve as a metaphor for their lives. Groff?s stories skillfully capture the ennui that c...

    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 be...

    4.5 stars The writing is brilliant - slow, atmospheric, dark, vulnerable characters and has themes of loneliness, grief and loss. The book is a delight from start to the end. If you enjoy stories for their quality of narration and not necessarily look for a definitive ending, this o...

    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...

    ?Ghosts and Empties? 3 stars ?At the Round Earth?s Imagined Corners? 3 stars ?Dogs Go Wolf? 2 stars ?The Midnight Zone? 2 stars ?Eyewall? 2 stars ?For the God of Love, for the Love of God? 2.5 stars ?Salvador? 2.5 stars ?Flower Hunte...

    This book doesn't bother with quotation marks, and it's full of snakes. I hate both of those things. Yet here I am, giving it 5 stars. Enough said. ...

    4.5 stars Eleven stories; eleven people with a connection to the state of Florida, which in itself is a character in this newest offering from Lauren Groff. Florida's dense landscapes, its damp climate, its energy and its history come together to form a wonderful collection of engro...

    This is such an excellent collection of short stories. The words and images are so sparkly and perfect they seem to almost glow in the dark. Groff creates an ethereal otherworldly realm with swans whose hearts break, mothers who inhabit panthers, houses that possess their inhabitants a...

    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 c...

    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 l...

    Generally, a beautifully written collection, but the last story Yport is a stunning, brilliant feat of storytelling worth the price of the whole book. ...

    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! ...

    Lauren Groff is an author who I really can?t pinpoint why she isn?t a favorite. All of the elements are there, sharp insights, lovely prose, compelling plot, so why does it always fall a little flat for me? I did like these stories, that are linked more by melancholy and themes of ...

  • Resh (The Book Satchel)
    Jun 21, 2018

    The truth might be moral, but it isn't always right. Snakes, gators, swamps and storms form the backdrop of these exquisitely human stories. I have to say I enjoyed Florida so much more than Fates and Furies. Groff's writing style is dense and wordy, metaphorical and poetic and -...

    3+ stars 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 a...

    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 cemen...

    Here's the thing - I really do love Groff's writing. These short stories are no exception; she is a master craftsman. She paints so well with her words and phrasing. It's just that.....I don't do so well with "dark," and all eleven of these stories are pretty dark. I don't think Lauren...

    3.5~4? ?When she was pregnant with Jude?s sister, she came into the bathroom to take a cool bath one August night and, without her glasses, missed the three?foot albino alligator her husband had stored in the bathtub. The next morning, she was gone.? Florida. Hot, sticky,...

    Two major, connected threads in this superb story collection are ambivalence about Florida, and ambivalence about motherhood. There?s an oppressive atmosphere throughout, with environmental catastrophe an underlying threat. Set-ups vary in scope from almost the whole span of a life t...

    If these stories are anything to go by Lauren Groff is almost comprehensively disillusioned with men. Men in these stories are either absent, inept, in another world or downright threatening. The last story - and by far the least successful - goes the whole hog and deploys Guy de Mausp...

    These stories feel to me like a continuation of St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell (high praise from me as this remains my favorite short story collection), where Florida remains wild and unsettling and the people managing to live there have some of the same tra...

    I?ve never visited Florida, but I do live in a similar climate so this setting, while foreign, felt more familiar than exotic to me. The heat and humidity, lush foliage, abundant wildlife mainly of the pointy-toothed kind, houses built on stumps with ceiling fans and sleepouts in con...

    2.5 stars Apparently, there is nothing more to write about in Florida besides miserable mothers, storms, and snakes. At its best, the short stories in Groff's new collection read like rough studies of Carson McCullers. There's Southern Gothic elements: anthropomorphized desperation,...

    During a recent visit, Lauren Groff shared that when her husband proposed moving back to his native Florida, she, appalled, made him sign a contract that they would leave in 10 years years. That was more than 12 years ago. In the intervening years, she has come to love the state and al...

    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 wi...

    The lives of the women in these stories are as sluggish and stifling as a Florida summer. The weather, wildlife, and land of Florida plays a huge part in these stories, and in many cases seems to serve as a metaphor for their lives. Groff?s stories skillfully capture the ennui that c...

    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 be...

    4.5 stars The writing is brilliant - slow, atmospheric, dark, vulnerable characters and has themes of loneliness, grief and loss. The book is a delight from start to the end. If you enjoy stories for their quality of narration and not necessarily look for a definitive ending, this o...

  • Kathleen
    Aug 11, 2018

    The truth might be moral, but it isn't always right. Snakes, gators, swamps and storms form the backdrop of these exquisitely human stories. I have to say I enjoyed Florida so much more than Fates and Furies. Groff's writing style is dense and wordy, metaphorical and poetic and -...

    3+ stars 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 a...

    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 cemen...

    Here's the thing - I really do love Groff's writing. These short stories are no exception; she is a master craftsman. She paints so well with her words and phrasing. It's just that.....I don't do so well with "dark," and all eleven of these stories are pretty dark. I don't think Lauren...

    3.5~4? ?When she was pregnant with Jude?s sister, she came into the bathroom to take a cool bath one August night and, without her glasses, missed the three?foot albino alligator her husband had stored in the bathtub. The next morning, she was gone.? Florida. Hot, sticky,...

    Two major, connected threads in this superb story collection are ambivalence about Florida, and ambivalence about motherhood. There?s an oppressive atmosphere throughout, with environmental catastrophe an underlying threat. Set-ups vary in scope from almost the whole span of a life t...

    If these stories are anything to go by Lauren Groff is almost comprehensively disillusioned with men. Men in these stories are either absent, inept, in another world or downright threatening. The last story - and by far the least successful - goes the whole hog and deploys Guy de Mausp...

    These stories feel to me like a continuation of St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell (high praise from me as this remains my favorite short story collection), where Florida remains wild and unsettling and the people managing to live there have some of the same tra...

    I?ve never visited Florida, but I do live in a similar climate so this setting, while foreign, felt more familiar than exotic to me. The heat and humidity, lush foliage, abundant wildlife mainly of the pointy-toothed kind, houses built on stumps with ceiling fans and sleepouts in con...

    2.5 stars Apparently, there is nothing more to write about in Florida besides miserable mothers, storms, and snakes. At its best, the short stories in Groff's new collection read like rough studies of Carson McCullers. There's Southern Gothic elements: anthropomorphized desperation,...

    During a recent visit, Lauren Groff shared that when her husband proposed moving back to his native Florida, she, appalled, made him sign a contract that they would leave in 10 years years. That was more than 12 years ago. In the intervening years, she has come to love the state and al...

    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 wi...

    The lives of the women in these stories are as sluggish and stifling as a Florida summer. The weather, wildlife, and land of Florida plays a huge part in these stories, and in many cases seems to serve as a metaphor for their lives. Groff?s stories skillfully capture the ennui that c...

    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 be...

    4.5 stars The writing is brilliant - slow, atmospheric, dark, vulnerable characters and has themes of loneliness, grief and loss. The book is a delight from start to the end. If you enjoy stories for their quality of narration and not necessarily look for a definitive ending, this o...

    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...

    ?Ghosts and Empties? 3 stars ?At the Round Earth?s Imagined Corners? 3 stars ?Dogs Go Wolf? 2 stars ?The Midnight Zone? 2 stars ?Eyewall? 2 stars ?For the God of Love, for the Love of God? 2.5 stars ?Salvador? 2.5 stars ?Flower Hunte...

    This book doesn't bother with quotation marks, and it's full of snakes. I hate both of those things. Yet here I am, giving it 5 stars. Enough said. ...

    4.5 stars Eleven stories; eleven people with a connection to the state of Florida, which in itself is a character in this newest offering from Lauren Groff. Florida's dense landscapes, its damp climate, its energy and its history come together to form a wonderful collection of engro...

    This is such an excellent collection of short stories. The words and images are so sparkly and perfect they seem to almost glow in the dark. Groff creates an ethereal otherworldly realm with swans whose hearts break, mothers who inhabit panthers, houses that possess their inhabitants a...

    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 c...

    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 l...

    Generally, a beautifully written collection, but the last story Yport is a stunning, brilliant feat of storytelling worth the price of the whole book. ...

    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! ...

    Lauren Groff is an author who I really can?t pinpoint why she isn?t a favorite. All of the elements are there, sharp insights, lovely prose, compelling plot, so why does it always fall a little flat for me? I did like these stories, that are linked more by melancholy and themes of ...

    Amo follemente lo stile di Lauren Groff, penso che tra gli autori contemporanei sia la mia preferita, quando la leggo penso ?vorrei vedere anch?io il mondo come lo vede lei?, non c? una frase scontata, una metafora o un termine che non ami nelle sue storie, uno stile ?ch...

    There is an aspect of menace in Groff?s set of eleven short stories; and her excellent narration of the audiobook just reinforces this undercurrent of unease. There are hurricanes, snakes, alligators, searing heat, and car-swallowing sinkholes. Her protagonists tend to drink too much...

  • Chiara Sono sempre vissuta nel castello
    Sep 26, 2018

    The truth might be moral, but it isn't always right. Snakes, gators, swamps and storms form the backdrop of these exquisitely human stories. I have to say I enjoyed Florida so much more than Fates and Furies. Groff's writing style is dense and wordy, metaphorical and poetic and -...

    3+ stars 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 a...

    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 cemen...

    Here's the thing - I really do love Groff's writing. These short stories are no exception; she is a master craftsman. She paints so well with her words and phrasing. It's just that.....I don't do so well with "dark," and all eleven of these stories are pretty dark. I don't think Lauren...

    3.5~4? ?When she was pregnant with Jude?s sister, she came into the bathroom to take a cool bath one August night and, without her glasses, missed the three?foot albino alligator her husband had stored in the bathtub. The next morning, she was gone.? Florida. Hot, sticky,...

    Two major, connected threads in this superb story collection are ambivalence about Florida, and ambivalence about motherhood. There?s an oppressive atmosphere throughout, with environmental catastrophe an underlying threat. Set-ups vary in scope from almost the whole span of a life t...

    If these stories are anything to go by Lauren Groff is almost comprehensively disillusioned with men. Men in these stories are either absent, inept, in another world or downright threatening. The last story - and by far the least successful - goes the whole hog and deploys Guy de Mausp...

    These stories feel to me like a continuation of St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell (high praise from me as this remains my favorite short story collection), where Florida remains wild and unsettling and the people managing to live there have some of the same tra...

    I?ve never visited Florida, but I do live in a similar climate so this setting, while foreign, felt more familiar than exotic to me. The heat and humidity, lush foliage, abundant wildlife mainly of the pointy-toothed kind, houses built on stumps with ceiling fans and sleepouts in con...

    2.5 stars Apparently, there is nothing more to write about in Florida besides miserable mothers, storms, and snakes. At its best, the short stories in Groff's new collection read like rough studies of Carson McCullers. There's Southern Gothic elements: anthropomorphized desperation,...

    During a recent visit, Lauren Groff shared that when her husband proposed moving back to his native Florida, she, appalled, made him sign a contract that they would leave in 10 years years. That was more than 12 years ago. In the intervening years, she has come to love the state and al...

    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 wi...

    The lives of the women in these stories are as sluggish and stifling as a Florida summer. The weather, wildlife, and land of Florida plays a huge part in these stories, and in many cases seems to serve as a metaphor for their lives. Groff?s stories skillfully capture the ennui that c...

    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 be...

    4.5 stars The writing is brilliant - slow, atmospheric, dark, vulnerable characters and has themes of loneliness, grief and loss. The book is a delight from start to the end. If you enjoy stories for their quality of narration and not necessarily look for a definitive ending, this o...

    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...

    ?Ghosts and Empties? 3 stars ?At the Round Earth?s Imagined Corners? 3 stars ?Dogs Go Wolf? 2 stars ?The Midnight Zone? 2 stars ?Eyewall? 2 stars ?For the God of Love, for the Love of God? 2.5 stars ?Salvador? 2.5 stars ?Flower Hunte...

    This book doesn't bother with quotation marks, and it's full of snakes. I hate both of those things. Yet here I am, giving it 5 stars. Enough said. ...

    4.5 stars Eleven stories; eleven people with a connection to the state of Florida, which in itself is a character in this newest offering from Lauren Groff. Florida's dense landscapes, its damp climate, its energy and its history come together to form a wonderful collection of engro...

    This is such an excellent collection of short stories. The words and images are so sparkly and perfect they seem to almost glow in the dark. Groff creates an ethereal otherworldly realm with swans whose hearts break, mothers who inhabit panthers, houses that possess their inhabitants a...

    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 c...

    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 l...

    Generally, a beautifully written collection, but the last story Yport is a stunning, brilliant feat of storytelling worth the price of the whole book. ...

    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! ...

    Lauren Groff is an author who I really can?t pinpoint why she isn?t a favorite. All of the elements are there, sharp insights, lovely prose, compelling plot, so why does it always fall a little flat for me? I did like these stories, that are linked more by melancholy and themes of ...

    Amo follemente lo stile di Lauren Groff, penso che tra gli autori contemporanei sia la mia preferita, quando la leggo penso ?vorrei vedere anch?io il mondo come lo vede lei?, non c? una frase scontata, una metafora o un termine che non ami nelle sue storie, uno stile ?ch...

  • Katie
    Sep 22, 2018

    The truth might be moral, but it isn't always right. Snakes, gators, swamps and storms form the backdrop of these exquisitely human stories. I have to say I enjoyed Florida so much more than Fates and Furies. Groff's writing style is dense and wordy, metaphorical and poetic and -...

    3+ stars 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 a...

    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 cemen...

    Here's the thing - I really do love Groff's writing. These short stories are no exception; she is a master craftsman. She paints so well with her words and phrasing. It's just that.....I don't do so well with "dark," and all eleven of these stories are pretty dark. I don't think Lauren...

    3.5~4? ?When she was pregnant with Jude?s sister, she came into the bathroom to take a cool bath one August night and, without her glasses, missed the three?foot albino alligator her husband had stored in the bathtub. The next morning, she was gone.? Florida. Hot, sticky,...

    Two major, connected threads in this superb story collection are ambivalence about Florida, and ambivalence about motherhood. There?s an oppressive atmosphere throughout, with environmental catastrophe an underlying threat. Set-ups vary in scope from almost the whole span of a life t...

    If these stories are anything to go by Lauren Groff is almost comprehensively disillusioned with men. Men in these stories are either absent, inept, in another world or downright threatening. The last story - and by far the least successful - goes the whole hog and deploys Guy de Mausp...

  • Rose (Traveling Sister)
    Jun 25, 2018

    The truth might be moral, but it isn't always right. Snakes, gators, swamps and storms form the backdrop of these exquisitely human stories. I have to say I enjoyed Florida so much more than Fates and Furies. Groff's writing style is dense and wordy, metaphorical and poetic and -...

    3+ stars 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 a...

    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 cemen...

    Here's the thing - I really do love Groff's writing. These short stories are no exception; she is a master craftsman. She paints so well with her words and phrasing. It's just that.....I don't do so well with "dark," and all eleven of these stories are pretty dark. I don't think Lauren...

    3.5~4? ?When she was pregnant with Jude?s sister, she came into the bathroom to take a cool bath one August night and, without her glasses, missed the three?foot albino alligator her husband had stored in the bathtub. The next morning, she was gone.? Florida. Hot, sticky,...

    Two major, connected threads in this superb story collection are ambivalence about Florida, and ambivalence about motherhood. There?s an oppressive atmosphere throughout, with environmental catastrophe an underlying threat. Set-ups vary in scope from almost the whole span of a life t...

    If these stories are anything to go by Lauren Groff is almost comprehensively disillusioned with men. Men in these stories are either absent, inept, in another world or downright threatening. The last story - and by far the least successful - goes the whole hog and deploys Guy de Mausp...

    These stories feel to me like a continuation of St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell (high praise from me as this remains my favorite short story collection), where Florida remains wild and unsettling and the people managing to live there have some of the same tra...

    I?ve never visited Florida, but I do live in a similar climate so this setting, while foreign, felt more familiar than exotic to me. The heat and humidity, lush foliage, abundant wildlife mainly of the pointy-toothed kind, houses built on stumps with ceiling fans and sleepouts in con...

    2.5 stars Apparently, there is nothing more to write about in Florida besides miserable mothers, storms, and snakes. At its best, the short stories in Groff's new collection read like rough studies of Carson McCullers. There's Southern Gothic elements: anthropomorphized desperation,...