Florida by Lauren Groff


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 of an emotional, psychological nature. A family retreat can be deraile...

Details Florida

Release DateJun 5th, 2018
GenreShort Stories, Fiction, Contemporary, Literary Fiction

Reviews Florida

  • Esil
    3+ starsI loved Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies. I thought the writing was absolutely brilliant and the story and characters were really original. So I was pretty excited to get my hands on Florida, which is Groff’s latest short story collection. Unfortunately, I can’t rave about the stories in the same way I raved about Fates and Furies. I recognize her talented writing, but there was a flat clever feel to her stories that made it hard for...
  • Hannah
    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 cemented her place in my heart.While not every story is set in Florida, Groff’s protagonists all have a connection to that place, a connection they sometimes strain ag...
  • Rebecca Foster
    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 to one scene. A dearth of named characters emphasizes just how universal the scenarios and emotions are. Groff’s style is like a cross between Karen Russell’s S...
  • Dan
    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 with a palpable sense of danger lurking around every corner in the natural world. The protagonists go to great lengths to protect themselves from panthers, gators, sn...
  • Neil
    This was my first real experience of Groff. The final story in this collection, Yport, was included in Granta 139: Best of Young American Novelists 3 which I read several months ago, but that didn’t help me much because it has been so majorly re-worked by the time it gets into this collection that it is almost a new piece (same basic story, but significantly edited): I was comparing the two for the first few paragraphs, but the changes are so n...
  • Amy
    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.
  • Riley Redgate
    [silently screaming]if this has "ghosts and empties" and "the midnight zone," it's already the best book of 2018EDIT: it does and it was
  • Jaclyn Crupi
    I loved some of these stories more than others but I loved them all.
  • Ellen
    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 transported by her dazzling and singular Fates and Furies. This new collection of stories has all her gifted and intriguing lyricism: poetic language, brilliant and unexpect...
  • Lisa
    Absolutely gorgeous writing with an incredible sense of place. I adored Arcadia, and this is even better.
  • Amena
    Let the language of Lauren Groff flow over you. With stunning descriptions touching on real life issues such as racism and pollution, this collection of short stories is incredible. The writing is just so precise and spot on. Groff writes about the side of Florida which tourists miss and don't see. We get hints of global warming running through the stories as well as a sense of desperation and such loneliness amongst the characters. Her way of wr...
  • Jillian Doherty
    The stories in this collection span characters, towns, decades, even centuries - each feeling like its own full narrative instead of individual stories (there are wonderful links between them too).Florida is at the heart of this book but the characters and story spans the country and world with its rich characters, climate, history, and state of mind! If you love rich, literary, and atmospheric writing then you'll love this too. (I'm not always a...
  • Matthew
    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 latest short story collection, proved anything to me it’s that she’s firmly within her element when crafting short-form fiction. My first experience with Groff was in r...
  • Lauren
    Lauren Groff wrote one of my favorite novels (Fates and Furies ) a few years ago, so of course I was eagerly anticipating this release. I was a bit disappointed to learn it would be short stories, but she also happens to be the author of my favorite short story, L. DeBard and Aliette from her collection Delicate Edible Birds , so I set my expectations to maximum. I'm happy to say that this met those very high expectations. Her writing is a treas...
  • Tyler
    Such an impressive collection of stories. Within these pages you feel the weight of Floridian humidity, sweat dripping down skin, the smell of bodies in the dense heat, the rustle of breezes through the overgrown fauna.These are stories which are attracted to, and also repelled by Florida. Love hand in hand with loathing. The strange, almost mystical gravitational pull of Florida keeps these characters in its orbit.1000% would recommend picking o...
  • Robert
    Here's the review:https://deucekindred.wordpress.com/20...
  • Laura King
    Such a rich collection, I was shocked reaching the end of so many stories because I forgot they weren't their own self contained novels.
  • Dana Portwood
    I lived in Florida for sixteen years. There is no place quite like it: the smells, the weight of the air, the ferocity of the storms. It's being is a presence all it's own. Lauren Goff's collection of short stories captures the essence of Florida brilliantly. Because it is a collection of separate works, small windows into a larger untold story, I didn't love each individual story (though I certainly enjoyed more than not). But as a collection, I...
  • hayden
    thanks to riverhead books and edelweiss for the advance copy.i'm a big fan of lauren groff. i read her 2015 novel, fates and furies, and loved her writing, then met her at a book signing and admired her as a person, too: funny, dazzlingly intelligent, well-read. florida is only the second book i've read of hers, though i plan to remedy that soon.with florida, she's written a collection of stories that come together to form a loose, novel-esque wh...
  • Uriel Perez
    After wowing readers (former President Barack Obama included) with 2015's 'Fates & Furies,' Lauren Groff returns with a collection that is just as wise and as meticulously constructed. Within the sun-kissed, palmetto-strewn swampland of Groff's Florida we encounter a pair of abandoned sisters, anxious mothers and a woman being pushed to the outer edges of her former life. Looking inward and out, Groff examines the lives of her characters with a s...
  • Rachel Watkins
    Lauren Groff's collection of short stories have an underlying character (the place that is Florida) and a lurking theme: what society says mothers should be. There is an undercurrent of dissatisfaction, danger, and oppressive humidity in these stories, yet they celebrate the strength and resilience of women most often undervalued by our culture. I dare you to read this without underlining brilliant passages.
  • Deborah
    I've enjoyed Lauren Groff's novels and was very much looking forward to this collection of short stories.. Let me begin by saying that Groff has done an excellent job of creating the environment of Florida. She has done it so well, in fact, that I know that I will never want to live there (nor likely visit either). Oppressive heat and humidity by day, surprisingly chilly nights, swamp dwellers, sinkholes, Spanish moss, hurricanes, tangled vines, ...
  • Dana Mackey
    "While it's true that my children were endlessly fascinating, two petri dishes growing human cultures, being a mother never had been, and all that seemed assigned by gender I would not do because it felt insulting. I would not buy clothes, I would not make dinner, I would not keep schedules, I would not make playdates, never ever. I would hug them as long as they wanted to be hugged but that was just being human."Barack Obama listed Lauren Groff'...
  • Jaclyn
    I think I hit the library hold jackpot scoring this the same week it was published (isn’t it wonderful when that happens!!). Having not read any of Groff’s earlier work (Fates and Furies, Arcadia, The Monsters of Templeton) I did not know what to expect from this short story collection. Groff’s writing is visceral, gritty and imaginative and I found myself compelled to note down some particularly beautiful turns of phrase. In the first stor...
  • SibylM
    I won a free copy of this book via a Goodreads giveaway, and an honest review was requested. Lauren Groff is such a wonderful writer, I knew I was in for a treat with these stories. They are all lined with a sense of danger, foreboding, and general creepiness, though the danger comes in many forms. To fess up, I have a severe snake phobia and I had to speed-read through a couple of the snake-centric stories! Groff does a terrific job of describin...
  • Cynthia Shannon
    I picked up this book because I was heading to Florida, a place I'd be avoiding at all costs if it weren't for work. I read the first half of the story collection on the flight and by the time I landed I was even more terrified of the place than before. Groff's writing is fantastic - that goes without saying - and her stories confront angry, messed up, and lonely women who are unapologetic about being angry, messed up, and lonely. Every story was...
  • Michael
    4 1/2 Stars.Review in a Nutshell: It's definitely worth the read, but the experience may be akin to an actual trek through Florida. It'll be hot, uncomfortable, dangerous, have moments of sunshine followed by moments of downpour, surreal, too real, meditative, emotionally/physically draining, and glad to escape it when it's over but the thoughts of it will stick with you.This book is full of her usually great writing - great descriptions, insight...
  • Paige
    In my heart of hearts this might be a four star experience, but the midnight zone is just *so good* and I’ve read so many substandard collections lately that it’s refreshing to be reminded that Lauren Groff really is operating at the top of her game
  • Mel
    absolutely brilliant