Florida

Florida

Storms, snakes, sinkholes, and secrets: In Lauren Groff?s Florida, the hot sun shines, but a wild darkness lurks. The New York Times-bestselling author of Fates and Furies returns, bringing the reader into a physical world that is at once domestic and wild?a place where the hazards of the natural world lie waiting to pounce, yet the greatest threats and mysteries are still Storms, snakes, sinkholes, and secrets: In Lauren Groff?s Florida, the hot sun shines, but a wild darkness lurk...

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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:279 pages pages

Florida Reviews

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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,...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 -...

  • Craig Pittman
    Jul 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 had previously read two stories from this collection, The Midnight Zone and For the God of Love, for the Love of God - they were both standouts in the Best American Short Stories series in 2017 and 2016. Other than these two stories, I only *really* enjoyed one, Eyewall, about a wo...

    [silently screaming] if this has "ghosts and empties" and "the midnight zone," it's already the best book of 2018 EDIT: it does and it was ...

    ?Florida is mold, feral cats, snakes, bugs, humidity, rot, spanish moss, vines, gators, sinkholes, homelessness, tent cities, termites, mosquitos, hurricanes, lizards, panthers, "a damp and dense tangle," bleaching sun, dread and heat...? ?What had been built to seem so soli...

    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! ...

    I loved some of these stories more than others but I loved them all. ...

    What a brilliant short story collection this is! By turns incisive, witty and heartbreaking, Lauren Groff's ode to the state she's called home for 12 years has the smooth glide and sharp bite of a gator swimming up behind its prey. She accurately describes the place as a ?dense, ...

  • Mark
    Jul 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 had previously read two stories from this collection, The Midnight Zone and For the God of Love, for the Love of God - they were both standouts in the Best American Short Stories series in 2017 and 2016. Other than these two stories, I only *really* enjoyed one, Eyewall, about a wo...

    [silently screaming] if this has "ghosts and empties" and "the midnight zone," it's already the best book of 2018 EDIT: it does and it was ...

    ?Florida is mold, feral cats, snakes, bugs, humidity, rot, spanish moss, vines, gators, sinkholes, homelessness, tent cities, termites, mosquitos, hurricanes, lizards, panthers, "a damp and dense tangle," bleaching sun, dread and heat...? ?What had been built to seem so soli...

  • Rebecca Foster
    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...

  • Ellen
    Feb 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 had previously read two stories from this collection, The Midnight Zone and For the God of Love, for the Love of God - they were both standouts in the Best American Short Stories series in 2017 and 2016. Other than these two stories, I only *really* enjoyed one, Eyewall, about a wo...

    [silently screaming] if this has "ghosts and empties" and "the midnight zone," it's already the best book of 2018 EDIT: it does and it was ...

    ?Florida is mold, feral cats, snakes, bugs, humidity, rot, spanish moss, vines, gators, sinkholes, homelessness, tent cities, termites, mosquitos, hurricanes, lizards, panthers, "a damp and dense tangle," bleaching sun, dread and heat...? ?What had been built to seem so soli...

    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! ...

    I loved some of these stories more than others but I loved them all. ...

    What a brilliant short story collection this is! By turns incisive, witty and heartbreaking, Lauren Groff's ode to the state she's called home for 12 years has the smooth glide and sharp bite of a gator swimming up behind its prey. She accurately describes the place as a ?dense, ...

    "How delicate the ties that bind us to another." "You think there are still good people in the world?" Plenty to capture the sense, take hold of the mind, and address the lives we live today! With 'soul sucking heat' we address 'the truth might be moral but it isn't always right." ...

    3.5 stars ?Florida? by Lauren Groff is a collection of short stories involving women (all the protagonists are women) and the state of Florida. These are dark and gloomy stories; stories that make one second-guess their impending Floridian vacation. I knew about the alligator an...

    Great sentence-level writing and turns of phrase in this collection of short stories dealing with women on the edge in the Sunshine State. Most of the stories were riveting, although the last one left me feeling annoyed with the protagonist and the story setup rather than sympathetic o...

    4.5 stars. Perhaps Lauren Groff has found her calling. This is not to discount her previous long-form accomplishments ? regardless of my wavering opinion of them ? as it?s clear Groff has cemented herself as a writer to watch. But if Florida, the best-selling novelist?s ...

    I had already read a few of these stories, previously published in The New Yorker, and was delighted to revisit them. Lauren Groff has an altogether unique writing style, and I am warming to it more with each book she publishes. I enjoyed the unusual Arcadia and was even more transport...

  • Riley Redgate
    Nov 16, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 had previously read two stories from this collection, The Midnight Zone and For the God of Love, for the Love of God - they were both standouts in the Best American Short Stories series in 2017 and 2016. Other than these two stories, I only *really* enjoyed one, Eyewall, about a wo...

    [silently screaming] if this has "ghosts and empties" and "the midnight zone," it's already the best book of 2018 EDIT: it does and it was ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

  • Jan
    Aug 02, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 had previously read two stories from this collection, The Midnight Zone and For the God of Love, for the Love of God - they were both standouts in the Best American Short Stories series in 2017 and 2016. Other than these two stories, I only *really* enjoyed one, Eyewall, about a wo...

    [silently screaming] if this has "ghosts and empties" and "the midnight zone," it's already the best book of 2018 EDIT: it does and it was ...

    ?Florida is mold, feral cats, snakes, bugs, humidity, rot, spanish moss, vines, gators, sinkholes, homelessness, tent cities, termites, mosquitos, hurricanes, lizards, panthers, "a damp and dense tangle," bleaching sun, dread and heat...? ?What had been built to seem so soli...

    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! ...

    I loved some of these stories more than others but I loved them all. ...

    What a brilliant short story collection this is! By turns incisive, witty and heartbreaking, Lauren Groff's ode to the state she's called home for 12 years has the smooth glide and sharp bite of a gator swimming up behind its prey. She accurately describes the place as a ?dense, ...

    "How delicate the ties that bind us to another." "You think there are still good people in the world?" Plenty to capture the sense, take hold of the mind, and address the lives we live today! With 'soul sucking heat' we address 'the truth might be moral but it isn't always right." ...

    3.5 stars ?Florida? by Lauren Groff is a collection of short stories involving women (all the protagonists are women) and the state of Florida. These are dark and gloomy stories; stories that make one second-guess their impending Floridian vacation. I knew about the alligator an...

    Great sentence-level writing and turns of phrase in this collection of short stories dealing with women on the edge in the Sunshine State. Most of the stories were riveting, although the last one left me feeling annoyed with the protagonist and the story setup rather than sympathetic o...

  • Barbara
    Jul 28, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 had previously read two stories from this collection, The Midnight Zone and For the God of Love, for the Love of God - they were both standouts in the Best American Short Stories series in 2017 and 2016. Other than these two stories, I only *really* enjoyed one, Eyewall, about a wo...

    [silently screaming] if this has "ghosts and empties" and "the midnight zone," it's already the best book of 2018 EDIT: it does and it was ...

    ?Florida is mold, feral cats, snakes, bugs, humidity, rot, spanish moss, vines, gators, sinkholes, homelessness, tent cities, termites, mosquitos, hurricanes, lizards, panthers, "a damp and dense tangle," bleaching sun, dread and heat...? ?What had been built to seem so soli...

    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! ...

    I loved some of these stories more than others but I loved them all. ...

    What a brilliant short story collection this is! By turns incisive, witty and heartbreaking, Lauren Groff's ode to the state she's called home for 12 years has the smooth glide and sharp bite of a gator swimming up behind its prey. She accurately describes the place as a ?dense, ...

    "How delicate the ties that bind us to another." "You think there are still good people in the world?" Plenty to capture the sense, take hold of the mind, and address the lives we live today! With 'soul sucking heat' we address 'the truth might be moral but it isn't always right." ...

    3.5 stars ?Florida? by Lauren Groff is a collection of short stories involving women (all the protagonists are women) and the state of Florida. These are dark and gloomy stories; stories that make one second-guess their impending Floridian vacation. I knew about the alligator an...

  • Jaclyn Crupi
    Jun 03, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 had previously read two stories from this collection, The Midnight Zone and For the God of Love, for the Love of God - they were both standouts in the Best American Short Stories series in 2017 and 2016. Other than these two stories, I only *really* enjoyed one, Eyewall, about a wo...

    [silently screaming] if this has "ghosts and empties" and "the midnight zone," it's already the best book of 2018 EDIT: it does and it was ...

    ?Florida is mold, feral cats, snakes, bugs, humidity, rot, spanish moss, vines, gators, sinkholes, homelessness, tent cities, termites, mosquitos, hurricanes, lizards, panthers, "a damp and dense tangle," bleaching sun, dread and heat...? ?What had been built to seem so soli...

    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! ...

    I loved some of these stories more than others but I loved them all. ...

  • Matthew
    Jun 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 had previously read two stories from this collection, The Midnight Zone and For the God of Love, for the Love of God - they were both standouts in the Best American Short Stories series in 2017 and 2016. Other than these two stories, I only *really* enjoyed one, Eyewall, about a wo...

    [silently screaming] if this has "ghosts and empties" and "the midnight zone," it's already the best book of 2018 EDIT: it does and it was ...

    ?Florida is mold, feral cats, snakes, bugs, humidity, rot, spanish moss, vines, gators, sinkholes, homelessness, tent cities, termites, mosquitos, hurricanes, lizards, panthers, "a damp and dense tangle," bleaching sun, dread and heat...? ?What had been built to seem so soli...

    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! ...

    I loved some of these stories more than others but I loved them all. ...

    What a brilliant short story collection this is! By turns incisive, witty and heartbreaking, Lauren Groff's ode to the state she's called home for 12 years has the smooth glide and sharp bite of a gator swimming up behind its prey. She accurately describes the place as a ?dense, ...

    "How delicate the ties that bind us to another." "You think there are still good people in the world?" Plenty to capture the sense, take hold of the mind, and address the lives we live today! With 'soul sucking heat' we address 'the truth might be moral but it isn't always right." ...

    3.5 stars ?Florida? by Lauren Groff is a collection of short stories involving women (all the protagonists are women) and the state of Florida. These are dark and gloomy stories; stories that make one second-guess their impending Floridian vacation. I knew about the alligator an...

    Great sentence-level writing and turns of phrase in this collection of short stories dealing with women on the edge in the Sunshine State. Most of the stories were riveting, although the last one left me feeling annoyed with the protagonist and the story setup rather than sympathetic o...

    4.5 stars. Perhaps Lauren Groff has found her calling. This is not to discount her previous long-form accomplishments ? regardless of my wavering opinion of them ? as it?s clear Groff has cemented herself as a writer to watch. But if Florida, the best-selling novelist?s ...

  • Haley
    Nov 28, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 had previously read two stories from this collection, The Midnight Zone and For the God of Love, for the Love of God - they were both standouts in the Best American Short Stories series in 2017 and 2016. Other than these two stories, I only *really* enjoyed one, Eyewall, about a wo...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 had previously read two stories from this collection, The Midnight Zone and For the God of Love, for the Love of God - they were both standouts in the Best American Short Stories series in 2017 and 2016. Other than these two stories, I only *really* enjoyed one, Eyewall, about a wo...

    [silently screaming] if this has "ghosts and empties" and "the midnight zone," it's already the best book of 2018 EDIT: it does and it was ...

    ?Florida is mold, feral cats, snakes, bugs, humidity, rot, spanish moss, vines, gators, sinkholes, homelessness, tent cities, termites, mosquitos, hurricanes, lizards, panthers, "a damp and dense tangle," bleaching sun, dread and heat...? ?What had been built to seem so soli...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Donna Hines
    Jul 19, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 had previously read two stories from this collection, The Midnight Zone and For the God of Love, for the Love of God - they were both standouts in the Best American Short Stories series in 2017 and 2016. Other than these two stories, I only *really* enjoyed one, Eyewall, about a wo...

    [silently screaming] if this has "ghosts and empties" and "the midnight zone," it's already the best book of 2018 EDIT: it does and it was ...

    ?Florida is mold, feral cats, snakes, bugs, humidity, rot, spanish moss, vines, gators, sinkholes, homelessness, tent cities, termites, mosquitos, hurricanes, lizards, panthers, "a damp and dense tangle," bleaching sun, dread and heat...? ?What had been built to seem so soli...

    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! ...

    I loved some of these stories more than others but I loved them all. ...

    What a brilliant short story collection this is! By turns incisive, witty and heartbreaking, Lauren Groff's ode to the state she's called home for 12 years has the smooth glide and sharp bite of a gator swimming up behind its prey. She accurately describes the place as a ?dense, ...

    "How delicate the ties that bind us to another." "You think there are still good people in the world?" Plenty to capture the sense, take hold of the mind, and address the lives we live today! With 'soul sucking heat' we address 'the truth might be moral but it isn't always right." ...

  • 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...

    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,...