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Florida | Lauren Groff
New York Times bestseller Lauren Groff returns with an electric collection of stories as propulsive and consuming as her novel Fates and Furies. Lauren Groff is one of the most important authors writing today, and Florida -- her first new book since her "clear the ground triumph"* Fates and Furies -- is an electrifying, expanding read. Over a decade ago, Groff moved to her adopted home state of Florida. 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. 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. In "The Midnight Zone," a woman finds herself injured and isolated in a confined space with her children, danger literally prowling outside the door, and must confront what it is she is really afraid of. "Above and Below" follows a young homeless woman as she moves from one Florida beach town to another, finding increasingly precarious ways to survive. And "Yport" brilliantly explores the alternating fulfillment and anxiety of modern marriage and motherhood, all the more apparent when removed from routine American life. Groff's evocative storytelling and knife-sharp intelligence first transport the reader, then jolt 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, Groff pinpoints the moments and decisions and connections behind human pleasure and pain, hope and despair, love and fury -- the moments that make us alive. Vigorous, startling, precise, and moving, Florida is a magnificent achievement. (*Washington Post)
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arubabookwoman
Florida | Lauren Groff
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I've been reading these short stories off and on about my new state, mostly liking them, tho' I don't usually get on with short stories. About the orchid pictured: a year (or more ago) my son sent me an orchid plant. It arrived with no flowers (unlike what was shown in the catalogue) and when he inquired they told my son it was up to the recipient to get the plant to bloom. I don't have much of a green thumb, never saw buds, but I watered it &👇🏻

arubabookwoman ...much to my surprise when we returned from NYC last week we found this! 10h
Graywacke Beautiful flower! 9h
SamAnne I'm making my first trip to Florida next month and plan to pick this up and a Carl Hiaasen to take with. 7h
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SamAnne
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Planning a December trip to southern Florida and the Keys! Never been. Want to experience art, food and culture in Miami, birds, beaches, hikes and kayaking in the Keys and hit Key West. Planning to bring tagged book. What Carl Hiaasen should I bring to read? Maybe reread Hemingway short stories. Recommendations? Books? Bookstores? Places?

Susanita Much of this takes place in Key West 3w
Susanita This takes place at Fort Jefferson 3w
Susanita If you like historical fiction 3w
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Susanita Have a great trip! 3w
Leftcoastzen Randy Wayne White author of mysteries Sanibel island & west coast of Florida 3w
mcipher Oh Key West is so fun! We love snorkeling there, and Hemingway‘s house is awesome. The bus tour was surprisingly fun, or rent a little electric car - either way it‘s a blast checking out all the pretty houses and landscaping (and drunk tourists and many chickens!). The big cemetery is also so cool (big iguanas!) and the rum bar off Duval is great as well as Blue Heaven and El Siboney for food. Have a great trip!! 3w
5feet.of.fury When I went to Miami a few years ago, my friend and I did the double decker bus tour And got off at the Wynwood Art walk and it was so fun and gorgeous. (edited) 3w
SamAnne @susanita @leftcoastzen @mcipher @5feet.of.fury Thank you for the recs! In Key West we're staying at the Author's Hotel and will be just a couple blocks from the cemetery! The Wynwood Art Walk is on the list, Little Havana, Art Museum. We originally planned for the Gulf side but worried they were still cleaning up from Hurricanes. Of course, a new hurricane is hitting the eastern seaboard today... 😳 😳 Hope Florida Littens are staying safe! 2w
Leftcoastzen Yes, friends tell me that Fort Meyers, Cape Coral, and especially Sanibel are really still struggling with so much damage.I have never been to Florida , long to go to Hemingway house. 2w
bookishdawg “Skin Tight” and “Native Tongue” are amazing Hiaasen reads! If you are a podcaster check out “Wait Five Minutes‘” 👍🏻 have a great vacation! 2w
SamAnne @bookishdog. Thanks for the recommendations! 2w
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TracyReadsBooks
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Excellent—unbelievably good—writing, fantastic stories, & loads of marginally happy & occasionally hopeful but mostly unhappy, dissatisfied, unfulfilled, angry, disillusioned, miserable characters…with few exceptions. I loved it. Because in the end this is a collection of stories about humanity, about people being people through all the ups & downs & in betweens in life. Standout stories include Ghosts and Empties, Eyewall, Above and Below.

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TracyReadsBooks
Florida | Lauren Groff
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In the mood for some short stories so I‘m throwing this one into the mix. Loved the first story, Ghosts and Empties, so I‘m thinking I made a good decision…

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vivastory
Florida | Lauren Groff
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📚 Fahrenheit 451/Fables/Fates & Furies/Feast for Crows/Fevre Dream/Fifth Season/Firestarter/Florida/Forensic Records Society/Furious Hours
🖋️ Nicci French/Tana French/Gillian Flynn
🎬Five Graves to Cairo/Firestarter (84 version)/Fargo (movie & series)/Ferris Bueller
🎙️ Florence & the Machines/Fiona Apple/Fantastic Negrito/Fontaines DC/First Aid Kit
🎧 Funeral (P. Bridgers)/Famous Blue Raincoat/Fake Empire/Fetch the Boltcutters/

CBee Once again, you brought it 😂😂👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
OriginalCyn620 I forgot about Fahrenheit 451! 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2mo
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vivastory @CBee I try to do my part 😂 2mo
vivastory @OriginalCyn620 A lot of good F titles. I intentionally left out the titles that I recently named during the #alphabetgame Otherwise I would have also included Frankenstein 2mo
CBee @vivastory and then some! I‘m here for it 🙌🏻 2mo
CBee @vivastory is the song Fake Empire - The National? There were a few but I chose The National 😊 2mo
vivastory @CBee You have it right 🙂 2mo
OriginalCyn620 @vivastory Damn! I forgot Frankenstein too! I did not bring my A-game today. I‘m a little ashamed of myself. 2mo
vivastory @OriginalCyn620 If it's any consolation I completely forgot about Fleetwood Mac. Landslide is one of my fave songs of all-time 2mo
CBee @vivastory my story of how I got introduced to Landslide - I was a rabid Smashing Pumpkins fan in high school (still love them) and heard their cover. Had no idea it was a cover! 2mo
vivastory @CBee Same! I saw SP on their Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness tour. Still one of the best shows I've ever seen. 2mo
CBee @vivastory dang that‘s awesome. Jealous! Had a chance to see them at Lollapalooza but my parents wouldn‘t let me go 🙁 2mo
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DHill
Florida | Lauren Groff
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I‘m really enjoying this collection of stories whose main character is all Florida. Evocative and poignant.

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vivastory
Florida | Lauren Groff
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#BestMidyear22 Day 2: I read Groff's short story collection Florida soon after reading her latest novel at the very beginning of the year. As much as I appreciated Matrix & have recommended it to several others, it is Florida that has stuck with me months later, Especially the stories Ghosts & Empties, The Midnight Zone, Eyewall, & Snake Stories. I said in my review at the time that The Midnight Zone was my fav story in the collection, but the👇

vivastory subsequent story Eyewall has unfortunate resonance. The narrator is getting out her most expensive bottles of wine as she braces herself for an impending hurricane. During the storm ghosts of former partners & relatives visit & at the end she is left wondering if she is in the eye of the storm or at the end of it. Unfortunately several months later it would seem that we are in the eye of the storm. 5mo
Megabooks 💯 agree this is a fantastic collection. I‘ve read it at least twice. Even though I prefer Matrix, she‘s a must-read for me! 5mo
vivastory @Megabooks I know that she is divisive for some but I have loved everything I have read by her 5mo
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wallacereads
Florida | Lauren Groff
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“She‘d never met a child with beady eyes before. Beadiness arrives after long slow ekes of disappointment, usually in middle age.”

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HeathHof
Florida | Lauren Groff
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"On my nighttime walks, the neighbors‘ lives reveal themselves, the lit windows domestic aquariums."


I'm not usually a big on short stories, but these were ? I would have loved to read a whole novel centered around any one of them.

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Christinak
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Working on reducing my mountain of a TBR pile.
#ShakespeareAndCompany #NPRreccomended2018 #ObamaReccomended

Megabooks This is a good one! 8mo
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vivastory
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Different from other fiction set in the sunshine state that I've read, Groff's Florida doesn't feature zany Florida Man stories or satirizing of corrupt politicians & corporate tourist culture. Rather she focuses on the inner lives of her characters, portraying contemporary anxieties (“Their world is so full of beauty, the last terrible flash of beauty before the long darkness“) & brief triumphs. This is the 3rd Groff that I've read, & loved.👇

vivastory Favorites: Ghosts & Empties, The Midnight Zone, Eyewall, Snake Stories. The Midnight Zone was my fav story in the collection, but the subsequent story Eyewall has unfortunate resonance. The narrator is getting out her most expensive bottles of wine as she braces herself for an impending hurricane. During the storm ghosts of former partners & relatives visit & at the end she is left wondering if she is in the eye of the storm or at the end of it. (edited) 10mo
Cathythoughts Nice review! I must get this one. Arcadia is the next Groff up for me 👍😀 (edited) 10mo
MicheleinPhilly I bought this eons ago but still haven‘t read it. I remember buying it in response to some dude saying something snarky about her. I have no recollection of what or who it was though. 10mo
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vivastory
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Megabooks This is a great collection. I think I‘ve read it three times. 👍🏻 10mo
vivastory @Megabooks I will definitely be buying a copy for my personal library! 10mo
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vivastory
Florida | Lauren Groff
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With several inches of snow yesterday it is a far cry from feeling like Florida, but that's not stopping me from enjoying Groff's brilliant collection. Just finished my favorite piece so far, The Midnight Zone. One of the best stories that I've recently read.

Flaneurette I love this book so much! I appreciate Groff so much more as a short story writer than a novelist 10mo
vivastory @Flaneurette I could see that. I've loved everything that I've read by her but these are affecting me as much as Matrix, which says a lot 10mo
EvieBee I shoveled and salted my driveway for the first time eva! 10mo
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vivastory @EvieBee Are you enjoying the snow? I usually hate it, but don't mind it on the weekends when I have no obligations ❄️ 10mo
EvieBee @vivastory I‘m enjoying it! And it didn‘t disappear after a day! Perfect weather for reading. 10mo
vivastory @EvieBee It is wonderful to be able to use the weather as an excuse to do what we love to do 📚☕ 10mo
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monalyisha
Florida | Lauren Groff
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I‘ve had a shitty day.

Lots of close family members (none of whom I‘ve seen) are testing positive for Covid, & my husband had a doctor‘s appointment canceled for the 3rd time today (his first appointment was January 2020 & he‘s yet to see anyone), so I spent the entire morning on the phone trying to fix things for him from afar. He‘s struggling with anxiety & depression and it‘s near-impossible to get him the care that he needs. 👇🏻

Clare-Dragonfly OMG. That‘s awful and infuriating. I hope your husband can find a different doctor who will help him. 10mo
AmyG I am so sorry. Mental health services in this country can be great-or awful. Looks like, if you can, find another doctor. Sending a hug. 10mo
candc320 I‘m so sorry! That‘s just terrible 😞. 10mo
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megnews Oh my gosh. This is awful. I am so sorry. I hope he will be able to get help and start feeling better soon. 10mo
monalyisha @Clare-Dragonfly It‘s sad, & upsetting, & exhausting. And it‘s not even ME who‘s going through it. And I can‘t even imagine being someone who *doesn‘t* have a support network. What if it was just him? He doesn‘t have the energy to make these calls! It‘s so discouraging, & it would be so easy to quit if you were already feeling like that, anyway. I have so many more feelings but I‘ll leave it at that. It‘s sickening, really. 10mo
JamieArc Omg. WTF 🤬 I am so sorry. I feel enraged for you both. I just…oof. My husband has anxiety and has been able to decrease his meds, but even the lowest dose helps. 10mo
Gissy Definitely, he needs another clinical professional. 10mo
monalyisha Thanks @candc320 @AmyG @megnews I told him that at least now that he‘s been seen by a PCP & officially has one, we can view it like looking for a job when you already have one. We‘ll get on the Waiting List for a doctor who comes with a personal recommendation from local friends who have already dealt with similar issues, & deal with things step by step in the meantime. It‘s really just unacceptable. 10mo
monalyisha @JamieArc @Gissy Apparently, she gave him the names of 3 psychologists to call about ADHD (not his anxiety or depression, which were dismissed. She literally asked, “But what are you sad ABOUT?” 🤯😤). She said it might be “a while” before anyone could see him. Like, because he was still able to present himself decently & carry on a conversation, it wasn‘t viewed as dire. He‘s not GOOD. By any stretch. Maybe help him BEFORE it‘s desperate? (edited) 10mo
DrexEdit WTF? That's really unacceptable. And how unhelpful is "exercise more"? ? Really PCP if you're feeling out of your depth the least you could do is offer a referral! I hope you have a way of reporting your bad experience. I also hope your husband gets the help he needs soon! ? 10mo
JenReadsAlot Omg I'm so pissed for you both. I'm a therapist and cannot even imagine anyone I work with treating someone like that.... 10mo
BookBosomed1 Ugh. That‘s not ok. Really, really not ok. I‘m so sorry for both of you (and your family members). 10mo
ShelleyBooksie So sorry that you are going through this :( 10mo
Suet624 This just hurts. There are so many things I want to say but I can imagine you are thinking all of the same things. I'm so sorry. Why, when there are so many resources out there, can a doctor tell someone to just exercise? Ugh. 10mo
Chrissyreadit I‘m so sorry. That is not ok. I hope he is able to get into see someone soon. 10mo
Scochrane26 @monalyisha What state do you live in? Here in KY, us therapists are so busy right now, but I‘m still able to see a new person within a month. Sounds like he needs a psychiatrist or psychiatric APRN. Or a much better PCP. I‘d look up who he can see on your insurance site. Let me know if I can help. 10mo
Chrissyreadit Did you move? Can he get into a therapist? Has had a therapist in the past? A therapist may be able to help him get into a psychiatrist a little quicker. Especially if it‘s a practice that has on site psych. (At least that is my experience as a counselor getting supports for clients) I have significant concern with a PCP not taking his mental health seriously. Honestly I would consider questioning that response to the practice. 10mo
vivastory I don't know if that doctor is the only PCP at that office, but if there's others you might be able to see another one. I've switched doctors before when I felt my issues were not being addressed. I'm really sorry to hear about this. 10mo
Jas16 This is so upsetting. 10mo
DivineDiana So sorry. ❤️ 10mo
Megabooks I‘m so sorry. That is infuriating! 10mo
Chelsea.Poole Horrible! Glad he has you to help in this situation. (edited) 10mo
Sharpeipup Hugs to you both. 10mo
Zuhkeeyah So sorry your husband is unable to get the treatment he needs and that you have the added stress of family testing positive. I hope he finds a more effective PCP soon! 🤞🏾 10mo
Andrea313 I'm so sorry that you're both experiencing this. Sending strength from afar. 10mo
LiteraryinLawrence I am so frustrated on your behalf! As someone with mental health struggles who is getting benefit from medication, I know how important it is for your doctor to take you seriously and really validate what you‘re feeling. I‘m sorry your husband had the opposite experience. I hope things get better, but right now it‘s ok to feel discouraged and not ok. 💗 10mo
Librarybelle So sorry…it is so upsetting when mental health concerns are so easily dismissed. 💜 10mo
Tamra Hang in there Litsy friend. I can empathize. 💜 10mo
quietjenn Ugh, that‘s pretty awful. I‘m sorry and hope the situation changes soon. (edited) 10mo
monalyisha I accidentally deleted comments (my own!) on this post that looked like they were duplicated. They weren‘t. Suffice it to say that he was seen for the first time by his PCP (after many, many phone calls) & she dismissed his concerns out-of-hand, asked him “what he was sad about” & told him to “exercise more.” Anyway, thank you so much to everyone who has responded! I really appreciate the support & validation. It‘s been a difficult stretch. 10mo
Tamra I want to say my husband experienced anxiety & depression for the first time last year and that it‘s REAL. It can get better. Be persistent and if you can, seek care elsewhere. It took a few months to get the dosage right, but our family physician was able to prescribe the right meds and he was eventually able to see a psychologist that helped. He is still on the meds and is in a much better place. Take care of yourself too! 10mo
monalyisha @Tamra Thank you! It‘s discouraging, knowing how long it took to see THIS doctor, to think about how long it might take to see the next one. But he has the names of three psychologists to call & inquire about making an appointment with. And in my research this morning, I also found the contact info for an outpatient walk-in (specializing in mental health concerns) in an adjacent town. So, even though it feels like Square 1, it‘s more like 1.5. 10mo
monalyisha @Tamra @JamieArc I‘m so happy your partners are doing better. Thank you for sharing with me! 10mo
MaureenMc 💗💗💗 10mo
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monalyisha @Scochrane26 Thank you for your offer to help! We‘re in Rhode Island. Hopefully, one of the recommended psychologists will be able to see him a lot faster than we were able to get a PCP to see him. I can‘t believe he had to wait so long. And that he almost didn‘t get to see her AGAIN. And then, that she was ineffective! Ugh. Anyway. I really appreciate it. I may be asking for advice if things don‘t go as planned but cross your fingers for us. 🤞🏻 10mo
Tamra @monalyisha we are pulling for you both! 10mo
monalyisha @Scochrane26 One of the worst parts is that he came out of today, which he expected to be a small victory day, saying, “I feel like I blew it.” He feels like he didn‘t say the magic words, or express himself right. Like he failed himself and now it‘s all ruined. You shouldn‘t come out of an appointment feeling like that! 10mo
monalyisha I should say that my original post, before I deleted comments unintentionally, ended with “At least I got to take a picture with this flamingo?” 🦩 I feel like the photo is coming across as really out-of-nowhere/inappropriate now that the post is truncated. 😅🙈 It was supposed to be a slice of levity! 10mo
Branwen Oh my god! How awful! I'm so sorry to hear this, friend! *hugs* I really hope your hubby gets the care he needs asap! Hang in there! 💕 10mo
BarbaraBB This is not okay. I am so sorry for him and you. You seem like a fighter, I hope you can find someone else , a better PCP soon 💕🦩 10mo
Catsandbooks I'm so sorry you and especially your husband are going through this!! Has he tried using any telehealth resources until he can see someone in person? I personally use the app BetterHelp and love it. I video chat with my therapist every week and I can message her at any time and chat. It's really been so great especially with the pandemic. I can do it all from home. Sending lots of love your guys way!! 💕 10mo
CarolynM Echoing @BarbaraBB You both deserve better. Sending love and hugs 💕 10mo
squirrelbrain Ugh, this sounds so frustrating and upsetting. Sending love and positive vibes; hope you get something sorted soon. ❤️ 10mo
Mrs_B Hey, just want to send you love and support. You‘re doing a great job and I‘m so sorry to hear that the healthcare isn‘t stepping up. So very frustrating. 💙💙💙 10mo
thewallflower0707 Oh no, that sounds simple awful. I hope your husband can finally get the help needs! 10mo
Laughterhp Rhode island is the worst. I honestly could never find a doctor when I lived there. It‘s crazy his doctor didn‘t feel the need to listen to him. You think in this day and age, they‘d take his concerns seriously. My doctor has been doing telehealth lately. Hopefully you guys get what you need. 💚💚 10mo
Simona I‘m really sorry about all of that … I was in similar situation last week, when it got so bad that I had to take my friend to the ER, and fortunately, from there everything went well … I‘m thinking of you❤️ 10mo
MeganAnn Oh my goodness! I second everyone else above. Hopefully a new path will open up so he can get what he needs soon. Sending hugs and hope ❤️✨ I do like your photo though! 🦩 10mo
DaveGreen7777 Sorry you‘re going through all that, that‘s a lot to deal with all at once! 😩 Sending prayers and healing energy to you and your family. Hope things get much better for you all soon! ❤️‍🩹 10mo
Magpiegem @monalyisha that experience is so similar to mine with my son. He is 8 years old, self harming, severe anxiety but was told that until he harms himself or someone else badly enough to need hospital treatment he wasn‘t severe enough to be seen… he‘s 8, I would rather get it sorted before he‘s putting himself in hospital 🤯 the fight is endless and exhausting. Sending love and strength. (edited) 10mo
monalyisha @Magpiegem That‘s ridiculous! So scary with a little one, too. One of the people I talked to yesterday referred me to a place nearby us: https://www.bhlink.org/ I don‘t know if it‘s the answer yet, or if you have anything like that near you. But I‘m more than willing to share any information or tips that I gather. I hope you find answers & help. 💓 Sending love from my corner. 10mo
monalyisha Thanks also to @MaureenMc @Tera66 @Branwen @BarbaraBB @Catsandbooks @CarolynM @squirrelbrain @Mrs_B @thewallflower0707 @Laughterhp @Simona (I‘m happy to hear you were able to get your friend the help that she needs! Crossing fingers for them. 🤞🏻) @MeganAnn @DaveGreen7777 for your support. He was able to get a telehealth appt scheduled for early February. Hoping against hope that it goes better. 🍀💞🙏🏻 10mo
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vivastory
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Checked out a few books at the library today. I'm looking forward to reading Matrix in January & I always meant to read Groff's story collection. I just read the first piece, & to say that it's amazing is an understatement.

Suet624 Groff is an automatic read for me. I really liked these stories. (edited) 12mo
vivastory @Suet624 I've only read Fates and Furies & a few stories, but I've *loved* everything I've read by her. I don't know if I can wait until January to read Matrix. 12mo
Cathythoughts I must get these stories! And Arcadia too , I am also a big fan 👍🏻 12mo
Suet624 @vivastory I‘m interested to hear what you think of Matrix. It‘s different. 12mo
Suet624 @Cathythoughts I lived in a commune with my daughter for a good number of years and i swear Groff must have too. She got so much of it right in Arcadia. (edited) 12mo
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cariashley
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Lauren Groff is one of my auto buy authors and I love everything she does. These stories are excellent and impart a real sense of place (even when they aren‘t set in the titular state). Pictured here with my day lilies which I‘m very excited are coming up again!

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Sparklemn
Florida | Lauren Groff
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The Florida depicted in these stories would never be described as the Sunshine State. Most, if not all, of the stories are very dark...too dark for my 2020 state of mind. 😐

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Sparklemn
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Am I the only one panic-reading to meet my 2020 Goodreads goal? No? Just me?

CuriousG If I was even close to my goal I might be panicking, but I'm 11 books short so there is no way I'm going to make it. Good luck with yours though! 2y
Sparklemn @CuriousG Thank you!! 2y
Graciouswarriorprincess Me! I have two books to finish. I think that I can do it though. 2y
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julesG Reset the goal? Maybe? It's 2020, I am going out on a limb and say, lots of people either struggle to meet their goal, or met their initial goal months ago already. 2y
Sparklemn @Graciouswarriorprincess Two books for me, too. Good luck! 2y
Sparklemn @julesG I might have to reset! I won‘t be hard on myself if I do. 💙 2y
Graciouswarriorprincess @Sparklemn Good luck! We can do this! 2y
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NatalieR
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Lauren Groff is such a beautiful writer. Her talent with story telling immediately sucks me in and immerses me into the emotions of her words. This collection of short stories weaves beautifully from story to story with a repetitive character. 🖤 Happy Thanksgiving Eve to my fellow Americans! 🍁🦃#MountTBR

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Sparklemn
Florida | Lauren Groff

“Mostly, however, I see mothers I know in glimpses, bent like shepherdess crooks, scanning the floor for tiny Legos or half-chewed grapes or the people they once were, slumped in the corners.”

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arubabookwoman
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We moved to Florida to be close to our grandkids, and due to covid this is about the closest we've gotten in the month we've been here. We're on the 2nd floor balcony of the condo we rented taking their picture while they play on the beach.

Lcsmcat I‘m sorry you can‘t be together. We can only see our granddaughter over FaceTime. It‘s not as much fun. But stay safe. FL is even worse than NC right now and we‘re bad enough! 2y
MicheleinPhilly ☹️I‘m so sorry! My mom and one of my nieces live in FL and the daily news out of there is terrifying. Stay safe! 2y
Texreader Awww. At least they‘re within sight and it‘s beautiful there! 2y
Trashcanman That sucks. 2y
Tanisha_A Stay safe 💚 2y
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SBoos
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Not usually a fan of short story/vingette type fiction, but this book kept showing up as a recommendation from trusted sources. My main takeaway, man can this girl write! Florida is lush and evocative and entirely unique, and hits home for anyone - native or transplant - who has a little piece of this wacky state in their heart. I flew through it and ordered one of her other books as soon as I finished this one.⁣

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Jenken1998
Florida | Lauren Groff
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I enjoyed the collection of short stories. Its been on my radar for awile. Many of the stories are centered around relationships (romantic, parental etc.) Her writing is lovely and just pulled me along. I still need to read some of her other work which i am sure i will enjoy. Living in FL i enjoyed the familiarity of the settings of many of the stories. 🌴🌴🌴🌴

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shaynarae
Florida | Lauren Groff
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A beautiful short story collection! By far the best I‘ve read in awhile. Definitely lives up to the hype. #catsoflitsy

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CindyE09
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Very much enjoyed this collection of short stories that was such a hit a little while back. This is my first piece by Lauren Groff, but I hope to read more soon. The stories in this collection revolve around the state of Florida, and honestly I have crossed the state off my list of places to retire eventually. A very atmospheric collection, with wonderful nature writing and sharp life observations. I hope her full length novels are just as good.

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amyf0x
Florida | Lauren Groff
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A collection of short stories that uses Florida as its setting; some stories in particular are an impressive intro to Groff‘s writing.

Read January 5-7
Rating 3.5/5 ⭐️
Book 2/60

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Mitch
Florida | Lauren Groff
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I‘m really not into short stories - but I make an exception for Lauren Groff!

https://www.theatlantic.com/books/archive/2020/01/lauren-groff-birdie-short-stor...

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mbreichert19
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Very excited to start this book! As a Florida native, the first chapter is already describing it perfectly.

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akfreeborn
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Pickpick

Lauren Groff is a favorite author. This short story collection doesn‘t disappoint and as a native Floridian her stories and detail of place and character are well observed and present some of Florida‘s strangeness without trivializing it. It is a state to both love and hate as I contemplate moving to Maine someday! Great collection!

Sapphire I have heard her speak a few times, and had good book group discussion on her Fates and Furies. She is interesting. I think the next title I would want to read of hers is the one set in Cooperstown NY near where she grew up. 3y
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mcctrish
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Bailedbailed

I can‘t handle short stories in audio format. If I‘m in the middle of exercising I don‘t want to pause before the next story and it just confuses me when it switches to new characters/stories.

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mcctrish
Florida | Lauren Groff
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I started this today driving around

Megabooks I hope you enjoy it! 3y
mcctrish @Megabooks is it short stories? 3y
Megabooks Yes 3y
mcctrish @Megabooks I didn‘t realize that and when it switched ‘chapters‘ I was a bit lost 3y
Megabooks I can see how that would be confusing!! 3y
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nikirtehsuxlol
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Fates and Furies was probably a little too pretentious for little ole silly me, so I wasnt a huge fan of Groff‘s other book, but this one is going well so far. Read by the author.

nikirtehsuxlol Update: hated it. 3y
mcctrish I just started this and laughed out loud at your update 3y
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kspenmoll
Florida | Lauren Groff
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#bookhaul #locallibrary #bookandcoffeedate
My husband & I had a coffee & book date at the library today. The best kind of date! 📚☕️

Suet624 I love your porch. 3y
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Megabooks
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Pickpick

Snakes and swamps and hurricanes, oh my! Groff captures the collective of contradictions that resides in Florida without the clownishness of media headlines. The characters are vivid, and I enjoyed her writing in a way I hadn‘t in her novels. There were only two stories I disliked. Solid 4⭐️

#summersendreadathon 3/10
#24b4monday

Andrew65 Going well 👏👏👏 3y
Megabooks @Andrew65 Thanks! I really wish I had started that timer Friday morning! 🤦🏻‍♀️🤣 3y
TheBookStacker I love books about Florida for some reason. (edited) 3y
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Megabooks @TheBookStacker have you read this? 3y
TheBookStacker I have not! It‘s been on my TBR forever but I‘ve read a ton others my favorite being 3y
Megabooks @TheBookStacker Sounds interesting! I‘ll see if my library has it! 3y
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masofia
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Pickpick

Florida is perfectly captured by both the physical settings of these stories and the emotional baggage of the characters trying to live within them or escape them. These very personal, character driven stories read like confessions or self discovery narratives. I‘m sure those of us who grew up in Florida have a different experience with this book than those who did not.

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cariashley
Florida | Lauren Groff
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My purchases from Powell‘s. I had so much restraint! I never check bags so only had a small suitcase, and my TBR is pretty ridiculous as it is, so I didn‘t have much of a choice. I am really excited about the mug though ☺️

Suet624 Great mug! 3y
Tamra Adorable! 3y
Viji I have this mug too! 3y
cariashley @Viji I love it!!! 3y
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kindergartenkat
Florida | Lauren Groff
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I yelp aloud because of the swiftness of youth, these gorgeous changes that insist not everything is decaying as fast as we can love it.

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Expandingbookshelf
Florida | Lauren Groff
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“He stepped closer to her and put his head in the crook of her neck and breathed his inadequacy out there, breathed in her love and the grease of her travels and knew had been lucky, and that he had escaped the hungry dark once more.”

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Rachel_nyc
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Mehso-so

I need to preface this by saying I‘m not a big fan of short story collections in general. I tend to like character driven novels so short stories can be frustrating for me since there isn‘t usually enough time to flesh out characters. Having said that, there were a few stories like the one during the tornado and the first one set in France that I really loved and I expect those who are fans of short stories will love this collection.

Theaelizabet I‘m where you are with short story collections (unless it‘s Eudora Welty 😉). I thought this one had much to recommend it, though there were certainly highs and lows. I look forward to Groff‘s next novel. 3y
Rachel_nyc @Theaelizabet Yes, I agree. I‘m definitely interested in reading her novel as well as I really like her writing style. 3y
Suet624 @Theaelizabet I‘m with both of you on short stories and on this book. I love Lauren Groff though so I‘ll pick up anything she writes. 3y
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Rachel_nyc @Suet624 Glad I‘m not alone in my feelings on short stories. People are always pushing me to read collections and while I often enjoy them, it‘s never as fun as sinking my teeth into a great novel. 3y
Suet624 @Rachel_nyc I totally agree. 3y
vivastory I second everything said in this thread 3y
Rachel_nyc @vivastory Yeah, there are lots of us! 3y
Ruthiella I don‘t gravitate towards short stories either. The only exception has been Jhumpa Lahiri‘s collections and The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra (which totally worked as a novel IMO). (edited) 3y
Rachel_nyc @Ruthiella I‘ve enjoyed Lahiri‘s stories as well. I will have to check outThe Tsar of Love and Techno. 3y
BarbaraBB I agree too in that I prefer novels but there are many exceptions. For example I looooved 3y
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Ooh I‘ve heard good things about that collection and if you loved it, I‘m sure I will too. Stacked! 3y
BarbaraBB I think so too! Almost sure 😀 3y
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KarenUK
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Risking a #litsyneighborhood walk this morning under a very stormy looking sky.
This audiobook re-read for a bookclub (previously read in print) is perfect for my South FL locale.
The gorgeous writing captures the eerie natural brutality of Florida in each of the short stories, it‘s extremes of weather, it‘s prehistoric creatures, the humidity and oppressiveness....
It‘s soooo good! 💕🌴😎🦎🐊🐢🦅🌩💨

MrBook Whooaa! Love this!! Those trees 😍! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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mutlee
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Pickpick

As always, Groff‘s prose is beautiful. I didn‘t like this as much as her other books, but short stories aren‘t really my thing. Just as I get invested, they end. But I did like the recurring mother character. And I related as a northerner living in the south. Descriptions of north Florida are spot on!

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mutlee
Florida | Lauren Groff

“She buries her failure in this, as she buries all her failures, in reading.“
Yep, that's me!

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Sharpeipup
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Thoughts on this bookcase? 👍🏻 or 👎🏻

Photo credit: Nj.sterling IG

TimSpalding Really shortchanges my state, Maine. 😀 4y
CaliforniaCay I like it! It's very unique 👍🏾 4y
Tamra Fun, but...... being a former Alaskan it‘s playing into a common misperception. 😆 4y
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Purrfectpages It‘s unique, but doesn‘t seem particularly functional. 4y
Sharpeipup @TimSpalding It looks like you only get half of Maine... 4y
TimSpalding @Sharpeipup Yup. Maine is HUGE, people. 😀 4y
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mjdowens
Florida | Lauren Groff
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I should be reading but.......

Samplergal What part of Florida is that? I‘m in Fort Lauderdale area. 4y
mjdowens We are at Indian Rocks. Stayed here for the first time last year and love it! (edited) 4y
Mdargusch That looks heavenly! 💙 4y
ReadingSusan Gorgeous! 4y
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scowler1
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Pickpick

Very good, a little melancholy but that's okay. Short stories with one recurring character. The narrator's voice seems to be the same one through the whole book though. Intentional?

saresmoore Ooh, that‘s a good question. I really enjoyed this one—felt like I was wandering around in Groff‘s brain. 4y
Becker I appreciate both the picture and your thoughts. 4y
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DoonTheGoon
Florida | Lauren Groff
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And so the move begins. This is about a quarter of my TBR pile - and my TBR is only about a quarter of my books owned. Lord have mercy.

Lindy 🍀 4y
vumblereads I don‘t even want to count how many books are on my TBR pile. 😂 4y
DoonTheGoon @vumblereads I haven't counted either - but carrying them in this move really puts things in perspective! 4y
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vumblereads Oh my! Good luck with the move! 4y
wanderinglynn Good luck with your move! I hope everything goes smoothly. 4y
Sharpeipup Good luck! 4y
BookwormAHN Good luck with the move 🍀 4y
TheLudicReader Moving books is the worst. But the alternative...not taking them...is unthinkable. Good luck. 4y
TheBookHippie Good luck!!! I‘ve been thinking of you! Hope you got my card ❤️ 4y
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dr.dalton
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Excited about the next month of reading

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Chelsea.Poole
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Pickpick

I listened to the #audiobook of this #shortstory collection. There were seriously amazing scenes and writing throughout. I am not a huge short story fan, but I like the author and heard great things; it didn't disappoint. I also many of the stories relatable as the mothers featured in the stories often had two young sons, as I do. Also, Florida was such an intense setting in these stories, obvs! 🐊

Tanisha_A Pretty photograph! 4y
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Chelsea.Poole
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Next up is Florida on #audiobook. However, pictured here is the #librarybook with one of my 4 beautiful blooming apple trees. 🌸 🍏 🌳 #readandlisten

Tanisha_A Beautiful picture! Oh the tree ❤️ 4y
PNWBookseller85 I loved this book. ❤️❤️ 4y
LaraReads So pretty! 🌳 4y
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Samplergal
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Camping can sometimes mean rain, but this is where we are this week. I was able to read here today, with a wonderful breeze and an iced tea. #retirement

JennyM That looks perfect! Enjoy 4y
Crazeedi Lovely! Enjoy your time! 4y
DivineDiana Beautiful! ❤️ 4y
Soubhiville So pretty! 4y
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