Florida

By Lauren Groff
Read by Lauren Groff

8.00 Hours 06/05/2018 unabridged
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The bold new book from the celebrated New York Times-bestselling author of Fates and Furies. "Lauren Groff is a writer of rare gifts." --The New York Times Book Review In her vigorous and moving new book, Lauren Groff brings her electric storytelling and intelligence to a world in which storms, snakes, and sinkholes lurk at the edge of everyday life, but the greater threats and mysteries are of a human, emotional, and psychological nature. Among those navigating it all are a resourceful pair of abandoned sisters; a lonely boy, grown up; a restless, childless couple, a searching, homeless woman; and an unforgettable, recurring character - a steely and conflicted wife and mother. The stories in this collection span characters, towns, decades, even centuries, but Florida--its landscape, climate, history, and state of mind--becomes its gravitational center: an energy, a mood, as much as a place of residence. Groff transports the reader, then jolts us alert with a crackle of wit, a wave of sadness, a flash of cruelty, as she writes about loneliness, rage, family, and the passage of time. With shocking accuracy and effect, she pinpoints the moments and decisions and connections behind human pleasure and pain, hope and despair, love and fury--the moments that make us alive. Startling, precise, and affecting, Florida is a magnificent achievement.

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Summary

Summary

Longlisted for the National Book Award

Finalist for the 2018 Southern Book Prize for Fiction

Finalist for the Kirkus Prize

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

An Amazon Best Book of the Month selection

The bold new book from the celebrated New York Times-bestselling author of Fates and Furies.

"Lauren Groff is a writer of rare gifts." --The New York Times Book Review

In her vigorous and moving new book, Lauren Groff brings her electric storytelling and intelligence to a world in which storms, snakes, and sinkholes lurk at the edge of everyday life, but the greater threats and mysteries are of a human, emotional, and psychological nature. Among those navigating it all are a resourceful pair of abandoned sisters; a lonely boy, grown up; a restless, childless couple, a searching, homeless woman; and an unforgettable, recurring character - a steely and conflicted wife and mother.

The stories in this collection span characters, towns, decades, even centuries, but Florida--its landscape, climate, history, and state of mind--becomes its gravitational center: an energy, a mood, as much as a place of residence. Groff transports the reader, then jolts us alert with a crackle of wit, a wave of sadness, a flash of cruelty, as she writes about loneliness, rage, family, and the passage of time. With shocking accuracy and effect, she pinpoints the moments and decisions and connections behind human pleasure and pain, hope and despair, love and fury--the moments that make us alive. Startling, precise, and affecting, Florida is a magnificent achievement.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“These new stories are tight and contained, and they pulse with menace and feral energy.” Wall Street Journal
“The stories have the feel of autobiography, although…their emotional disclosures are encrypted in phantasmagoria.” New Yorker
“These indelibly vivid tales read like inoculations against cynicism.” Vogue
“Each tale contains Groff’s signature mixture of poetic beauty and visceral poignancy.” Harper’s Bazaar
“Groff’s desire seems to be to show…that women and children are often stronger than we tend to think and that the Earth is more fragile than we usually allow ourselves to understand.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Overflow[s] with imagery so powerfully tangible that it’s hard to believe the humidity and rainstorms aren’t truly escaping from the page to touch you.” Chicago Review of Books
“Groff’s words and performance make this an irresistible listen. She is warm while matter-of-fact and gentle as she shares tales of deprivation and isolation. Her voice seems to love her protagonists just as her pen puts them through trials and torment…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Lauren Groff

Lauren Groff is the New York Times bestselling author of three novels and two short-story collections. She has won the Paul Bowles Prize for Fiction, the PEN/O. Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize and has been a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Orange Award for New Writers, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She was named one of Granta’s 2017 Best Young American Novelists.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Short Stories
Runtime: 8.00
Audience: Adult
Language: English