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`Florida is a magnificent collection, executed with tremendous depth and precision, unsettling in the best possible way. Lauren Groff is a virtuoso.' Emily St John Mandel, author of Station Eleven

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 centre: 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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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 149 x 211 x 28mm | 409g
  • William Heinemann Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1785151886
  • 9781785151880
  • 118,517

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"Florida feels innovative and terribly relevant. Any one of its stories is a bracing read; together they form a masterpiece."
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"Florida is a magnificent collection, executed with tremendous depth and precision, unsettling in the best possible way. Lauren Groff is a virtuoso." -- Emily St John Mandel, author of Station Eleven "Don't tell yourself you don't like short stories, because these are not to be missed. The book is deep and dark and resonant. Every story plays in some way on the others and in the end the total is worth even more than the sum of its beautiful parts." -- Ann Patchett "It's beautiful. It's giving me rich, grand nightmares." -- Eva Wiseman * Observer * "Florida feels innovative and terribly relevant. Any one of its stories is a bracing read; together they form a masterpiece." * Stylist * "This is what she shows in story after story: a heroic pushback against the way we live now, against waste, against the artificial environments in which we find ourselves maintained by corporations, but equally against the pressures on women to be flawless, effortlessly excellent mothers, wives, sisters, lovers, friends, within this dire state of affairs ... Groff's lyrical and oblique stories catch these women in the midst of becoming aware of their complicity in perpetuating these narratives - to which their response is to walk, flee, or conversely refuse to budge, as in the dazzlingly apocalyptic `Eyewall' ... The hot, humid Floridian atmosphere hangs over all the stories ... Every woman, every snake, is fighting back against the laws of nature, and the human-made Eden that threatens to imprison, or end, them all." * Guardian *
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About Lauren Groff

Lauren Groff is the author of three New York Times bestselling novels - Fates and Furies (named by Barack Obama as his favourite book of 2015), The Monsters of Templeton and Arcadia - as well as the story collection Delicate Edible Birds. She graduated from Amherst College and has an MFA in fiction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Groff's fiction has won the Pushcart Prize and the PEN/O. Henry Award, among others, and has been shortlisted for the Orange Award for New Writers and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. In 2017, she was named one of Granta's Best of Young American Novelists. Her stories have appeared in publications including The New Yorker, the Atlantic, One Story and Ploughshares, and in several of the annual The Best New American Stories anthologies. She lives in Gainesville, Florida, with her husband and two sons.
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