“Florida” by Lauren Groff



I started this book in the summer, exited to catch up on Lauren Groff’s latest stories and no doubt inspired by The New Yorker profile. Groff’s “Fates and Furies” was clever and readable, a book club fave around the country. Her subsequent collection of stories was less popular but was nominated for the National Book Award. They’re all set in Florida and dive into the heart of women’s psyches, through the route of motherhood and pure survival in a Florida – a place she describes in terms so primal that I really never care to travel there. Snakes and storms abound and these mythic forces mimic the mind of Groff’s female characters.

Here is the review from The New York Times. Trust me, just read these stories. She’s such a gorgeous writer, that she wraps you in despite the seemingly horrific subject matter.  Be warned- you can probably only read one at a time, but they’ll stalk you, like a panther.