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Florida
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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akfreeborn
Florida | Lauren Groff
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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. 24h
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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! 2w
mcctrish @Megabooks is it short stories? 2w
Megabooks Yes 2w
mcctrish @Megabooks I didn‘t realize that and when it switched ‘chapters‘ I was a bit lost 2w
Megabooks I can see how that would be confusing!! 2w
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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. 1mo
mcctrish I just started this and laughed out loud at your update 2w
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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. 2mo
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Megabooks
Florida | Lauren Groff
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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 👏👏👏 4mo
Megabooks @Andrew65 Thanks! I really wish I had started that timer Friday morning! 🤦🏻‍♀️🤣 4mo
TheBookStacker I love books about Florida for some reason. (edited) 4mo
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Megabooks @TheBookStacker have you read this? 4mo
TheBookStacker I have not! It‘s been on my TBR forever but I‘ve read a ton others my favorite being 4mo
Megabooks @TheBookStacker Sounds interesting! I‘ll see if my library has it! 4mo
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masofia
Florida | Lauren Groff
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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! 4mo
Tamra Adorable! 4mo
Viji I have this mug too! 3mo
cariashley @Viji I love it!!! 3mo
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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. 6mo
Rachel_nyc @Theaelizabet Yes, I agree. I‘m definitely interested in reading her novel as well as I really like her writing style. 6mo
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. 6mo
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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. 6mo
Suet624 @Rachel_nyc I totally agree. 6mo
vivastory I second everything said in this thread 6mo
Rachel_nyc @vivastory Yeah, there are lots of us! 6mo
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) 6mo
Rachel_nyc @Ruthiella I‘ve enjoyed Lahiri‘s stories as well. I will have to check outThe Tsar of Love and Techno. 6mo
BarbaraBB I agree too in that I prefer novels but there are many exceptions. For example I looooved 6mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Ooh I‘ve heard good things about that collection and if you loved it, I‘m sure I will too. Stacked! 6mo
BarbaraBB I think so too! Almost sure 😀 6mo
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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 😍! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
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mutlee
Florida | Lauren Groff
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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. 😀 7mo
CaliforniaCay I like it! It's very unique 👍🏾 7mo
Tamra Fun, but...... being a former Alaskan it‘s playing into a common misperception. 😆 7mo
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Purrfectpages It‘s unique, but doesn‘t seem particularly functional. 7mo
Sharpeipup @TimSpalding It looks like you only get half of Maine... 7mo
TimSpalding @Sharpeipup Yup. Maine is HUGE, people. 😀 7mo
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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. 7mo
mjdowens We are at Indian Rocks. Stayed here for the first time last year and love it! (edited) 7mo
Mdargusch That looks heavenly! 💙 7mo
ReadingSusan Gorgeous! 7mo
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scowler1
Florida | Lauren Groff
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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. 7mo
Becker I appreciate both the picture and your thoughts. 7mo
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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 🍀 8mo
vumblereads I don‘t even want to count how many books are on my TBR pile. 😂 8mo
DoonTheGoon @vumblereads I haven't counted either - but carrying them in this move really puts things in perspective! 8mo
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vumblereads Oh my! Good luck with the move! 8mo
wanderinglynn Good luck with your move! I hope everything goes smoothly. 8mo
Sharpeipup Good luck! 8mo
BookwormAHN Good luck with the move 🍀 8mo
TheLudicReader Moving books is the worst. But the alternative...not taking them...is unthinkable. Good luck. 8mo
TheBookHippie Good luck!!! I‘ve been thinking of you! Hope you got my card ❤️ 8mo
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dbburks
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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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! 8mo
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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 ❤️ 8mo
BeckyMerilatt I loved this book. ❤️❤️ 8mo
LaraReads So pretty! 🌳 8mo
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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 8mo
Crazeedi Lovely! Enjoy your time! 8mo
DivineDiana Beautiful! ❤️ 8mo
Soubhiville So pretty! 8mo
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Kalalalatja
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Mehso-so

I‘m left a bit meh with this book, and I‘m not really sure it is the book‘s fault. I‘m mostly into weird, magical and fairy tale like short stories, so this realistic collection isn‘t really in my wheel house. Groff‘s writing is great, but it didn‘t really make me feel anything, except a bit anxious with all the snakes.

#MarchMadnessChallenge

emilyhaldi Ha!! Considering I'm not into weird magical fairy tales, maybe I'll like this one! 🙃 8mo
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Kalalalatja
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Treat yo self 🙌

#currentlyreading

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monalyisha
Florida | Lauren Groff
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We fly home tomorrow. 😭

Dolly The colors in this photo are fabulous! 9mo
Mitch Gorgeous picture 💕💕💕 9mo
CouronneDhiver Perfect! 9mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Beautiful photo!! 9mo
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Kalalalatja
Florida | Lauren Groff
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The first of many #LibraryHaul(s) for the #MarchMadness reading challenge 📚📚

Maitri Sea Prayer is wonderful! 😊 9mo
JennyM 👌📚 (edited) 9mo
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monalyisha
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Booked tickets for a long-weekend down in Florida this evening. This‘ll be me in just a little over two weeks‘ time. Sunshine, here I come! ☀️

Now accepting vacation reading suggestions. 😉

CoffeeNBooks Nice! Where in FL are you vacationing? 9mo
monalyisha @CoffeeNBooks My mom has a condo near West Palm Beach. 🌴 I try to escape once a Winter in an effort to maintain the loose grip I have on my sanity. 😅 (edited) 9mo
SharonGoforth Have you read Florida? I loved it! 9mo
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CoffeeK8 @monalyisha that‘s a beautiful area, my father in law lives near there in Boca, we‘re going down at the end of April. 9mo
monalyisha @CoffeeK8 Oh, cool. 😎 I‘ve always just visited my mom, but this time she‘s home (in MA) & my husband & I are going alone. If you have any places in the area that you love (food, beaches, etc), I‘m open to suggestions! 9mo
CoffeeK8 @monalyisha hmm... we always go with our kids, so I can recommend Ice cream places and restaurants with stuffed animals on the walls. Sloan‘s Ice Cream is really fun and whimsical and Waterstone Rum Bar was great. They have outside seating too 9mo
Sharpeipup What part of Florida? 9mo
monalyisha @Sharpiepup Near West Palm Beach. 🏖 9mo
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Samplergal
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Our first RV trip to the Everglades was a good one. I read three books and we enjoyed 🐊 spotting. Spotty internet and Tv signal was almost welcome. Almost. #mountTbr

wordzie 😎 10mo
cherinium It's the best time of the year for wildlife in the Everglades! Love it! 🦅🦆🦉🐊🐢🦎🐍🦋🐌🐟🦈🐜🐞🕷🐝 10mo
Samplergal @cherinium it is! We saw all kinds of critters. One gator 🐊 started going towards my doggies, who were looking like appetizers. That was scary. We love it there for the stillness and the wildlife. 10mo
CouronneDhiver Oh hell naw.... I can‘t deal with Florida wildlife. 😬 10mo
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Samplergal
Florida | Lauren Groff
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#readingUSA2019. I finished Florida yesterday. 4🐊. Moving right along with my #readingUSA2019.

Librarybelle You‘re doing well! 10mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy I tried this about 4 years ago and got interrupted at some point and got off track. I think I should go back to this, thanks for the inspiration! 10mo
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Samplergal
Florida | Lauren Groff
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4🐊. Fresh from the Everglades! Great short story collection, all with a Florida connection. #readingUSA2019

EmilyM I am not a huge fan of short stories but I really like this author. 10mo
Cathythoughts I‘m also not a short story lover ... but I love this writer & will make an exception for her 👍🏻♥️ 10mo
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Samplergal
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Starting this for a weekend in the Everglades. Seems appropriate. 🐊🐊🐊#readingUSA2019

Librarybelle I have this for my Florida pick! 10mo
Samplergal @Librarybelle 👍🏼. I‘ve read the first three stories. Very good! 10mo
KarenUK @samplergal glad you are enjoying it😊👍have a fun trip! 💕 10mo
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Cathythoughts
Florida | Lauren Groff
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#Booked2019 #Clifi Thankyou @KarenUK for the heads up on this one ... I loved Fates & Furies ... And was only too happy to read this one ! I found it haunting & beautifully written, love this writer ♥️👍🏻
#clifi done & dusted

TrishB Go you 👍🏻 10mo
batsy Look at you go, Challenge Queen 👑💛 10mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB thanks !! I‘m delighted with myself 💃🏾 10mo
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Cathythoughts @batsy oh stop 😂 😂 ! Thanks 👍🏻 10mo
batsy 😁 I loved this story by Groff: The Midnight Zone http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30197223-the-midnight-zone Gonna have to read Boca Raton, and more of her fiction. 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm Well look at you, ✅ all the prompts! 👏 Why is this book not in the database? 🤨 10mo
Cinfhen Oh wow!!! Look at you!!! You‘re a contender, Cathy 🙌🏻 gotta agree with @batsy 🧡 10mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm I think it‘s a story within the Florida collection ( I‘m actually not sure ) .... ♥️👍🏻 10mo
KarenUK Yay! @cathythoughts so glad you enjoyed it..... @erzascarletbookgasm Maybe it‘s because it‘s a kindle single maybe? Exclusive to Amazon/Audible I believe..... 🤷‍♀️ 10mo
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KarenUK
Florida | Lauren Groff
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This Cli-Fi story has everything I‘d expected from Lauren Groff. Gorgeous writing with an underbelly of something sinister.
A single mum struggles as her grasp on reality slips away, triggered by a disturbing discovery during a beach clean up. She spirals as the threat of environmental destruction, and the pending decay of the south FL coastline appears to loom ever closer in her mind.
#booked2019 #CliFi
(Not in database -A kindle single)

Cinfhen Woohoo!!!!! Take note everyone!!!! A good #CliFi read 🙌🏻🌞🎉🤓 10mo
TheBookHippie Oh I love Boca. Such a pretty place. 10mo
LauraBeth Oohh - I‘m intrigued! 10mo
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Cathythoughts Oh yes this looks good. ... will check it out when I get home ♥️👍🏻 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I should grab this, as a former resident of Boca. And about a hundred other reasons. Thanks for the review! 10mo
saresmoore I‘ve actually written a short story with a very similar concept. Weird. But then, I do love LG and I‘ve spent more time than I‘d have liked in Boca! 10mo
JennyM Sounds great 👍 10mo
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mdhughes72
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Bailedbailed

I don‘t know what it is with me and Lauren Groff but she just does not do it for me. I realize that she writes in English but it all comes out as so much word-mush. All the stories in this collection bleed together because there isn‘t a lot of plot or character. It‘s all atmosphere. So in that sense this book is aptly named. A state with storms and swamps and creepy creatures is the MC here. Very gothic. Yawn.

8little_paws I did not care for this on audio at all but then tried in print and loved it 🤷‍♀️ 10mo
Suet624 I was surprised by how much I liked it. I don‘t normally like short stories. Maybe it‘s just time for you to pass on Goff. 🤷🏻‍♀️😀 10mo
mdhughes72 @8little_paws I‘m not sure I‘m willing to give print a try. I think it‘s just her writing style. I‘m ready @Suet624! 10mo
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Dolly
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Mehso-so

I can see why others liked it but this one‘s not for me.

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Suet624
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Lauren Groff has written novels that have stayed with me for years. This collection of short stories will too. I have a strained relationship with short stories in general, but Groff‘s descriptions and subject matter kept me glued to the page. I can‘t wait to read whatever she writes next.

saresmoore I couldn‘t agree more! ♥️♥️♥️ 11mo
BarbaraBB So do I! 11mo
readordierachel Sold! 11mo
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Suet624
Florida | Lauren Groff
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I‘m reading the tagged book but this is the current temperature outside and it‘s supposed to get even colder. An accumulated 20 inches of snow fell over the last three days and my shoveled piles are taller than my head. It‘s actually quite beautiful out there. Sweaters, blankets, a couch and a great deal of reading is my plan for this wintery day. Snug as a bug in a rug. 😀

TheSpineView Snow does make for a good reading day! Enjoy! 11mo
Suet624 @TheSpineView You‘re so right. And thanks! 11mo
tpixie Oh my! You are living an adventure I‘ve never have!! ❄️. What state/country are you in? I‘m form Kansas, we were to get 3 inches, but it looped around us. My sister in KC May get 4-7 inches. That‘s on the higher end for Kansas. 11mo
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Suet624 @tpixie I live in the mountains of northern Vermont. Each winter is an adventure in cabin fever. 😂😂 Tourists come from all over to ski but I stay inside and read. 😁 11mo
Slajaunie Enjoy! ❄️📖☕️ 11mo
Itchyfeetreader Wow what weather ! 11mo
Reggie Stay warm, Sue! 11mo
LauraBeth 🥶🥶🥶 11mo
tpixie @Suet624 Snow ⛄️ is lovely- from inside!!! Keep warm! 📚📚📚 11mo
Suet624 @Slajaunie Thanks! And yes, there will be coffee 😀 11mo
tpixie @Suet624 😊 11mo
Ingerella I lived in New England when I was younger. I loved it but I do not miss that cold! Stay warm! 11mo
Suet624 @Reggie I‘ve got the extra little heaters going, trying to keep it at a warm-ish temp in the house. 😀 11mo
Lindy @Suet624 Staying snug inside with a book sounds like an excellent plan. ❄️ 11mo
kspenmoll Books rescue us from so much & still let us have adventures. Stay warm & cozy my friend! 11mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled We‘re in the south and have a dream of moving to Vermont (we visited and LOVED it) - but I honestly can‘t wrap my brain around temperatures like this! 🥶 11mo
Suet624 @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Hahaha. I live close to the Canadian border (an hour away from me) so it‘s colder here than in southern Vermont. Spending the money for proper clothing is key. The cold makes the joy of spring, summer and fall all that much sweeter. But I will admit that visiting my son in Northern California recently was a welcome relief - not having to put on so many layers a delight. 11mo
Suet624 @kspenmoll thank you. I‘ll be visiting with a writer friend and we‘ll be talking about books so all will be well. Have a great day! 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I live in Mississippi and can‘t even imagine this 🥶🥶 11mo
Crazeedi Love it! It's a balmy 19 degrees in western PA! Maybe time to put the shorts away😉😊 (edited) 11mo
kspenmoll @Suet624 What a wonderful plan for your day! Enjoy! 11mo
readordierachel Brrrrr! Although sweaters and blankets are always lovely ☺ 11mo
Jeg 😯 11mo
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Blaire
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Florida with its storms and snakes link all these stories together as do mothers and men of differing levels of bad. I was drawn into each one. She challenges the convention of what a mother should be or feel and does so honestly without being self-deprecating. She gives these mothers interests and lives outside their children without making them unloving or bad mothers. Women as whole people.

saresmoore Great review! You articulated what I appreciated about it, too. 11mo
Blaire @saresmoore thanks! ☺️ 11mo
Suet624 Perfect review. 11mo
Blaire @Suet624 thank you! 11mo
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jhod
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Book 3 of the year. Loved this short story collection, they kept on getting better throughout the book. Great reflections on women, independence and motherhood.

LauraBeth Love this book! 11mo
saresmoore So good. 11mo
Pruzy I really enjoy Groff. I need to get my hands on this ASAP! 11mo
Blaire Yes! I just finished this afternoon. 11mo
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Expandingbookshelf
Florida | Lauren Groff
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“Now a hunger that cannot quite be located comes over her, a sense of yearning, for what? Maybe for kindness, for a moral sense that is clear and loud and greater than she is, something that can blanket her, no, no, something which she can hide for a minute and be safe.”

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TheFunkyBookworm
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Bailedbailed

What in the hail?!
Can someone please tell me what I‘m missing?!?!
I read the first three stories and I just... ugh. Can‘t do it.

britt_brooke This is in my TBR, but it‘s a relief to finally see someone who‘s not a fan. 11mo
TheFunkyBookworm @britt_brooke I feel like quite the rebel lol it usually takes me a LOT to bail on a book but I can‘t bear to slog through this one- New year new me 😂 11mo
TiredLibrarian I read her 1st book because it was of local interest & thought it was meh; no burning desire to read anything else of hers. 11mo
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TheFunkyBookworm @TiredLibrarian do you think part of the reason she gets so much recognition is bc her book Fates and Furies was declared Obama‘s fav book from 2015? I feel like this book was SO overhyped! 11mo
Well-ReadNeck Unpopular opinion, but I didn‘t like Fates and Furies 🤷🏽‍♀️ I had this on my TBR, but sounds like I‘ll be taking a pass. 11mo
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TheFunkyBookworm
Florida | Lauren Groff
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So I started this one today- and I‘m two stories in 😒 I‘m not sure if I‘m missing something.... or maybe I‘m not intellectual enough but- not quite getting the hype 🤔 Is it just me?

Miss_Kim I quickly gave up on this one! 11mo
EH2018 I gave up also...but I'm not the biggest fan of short stories to begin with 11mo
TheFunkyBookworm @Miss_Kim @EH2018 I gave it one more story and just nope‘d out. Can‘t do it. What are we missing?!?! 11mo
Miss_Kim I don‘t know. I loved Fates and Furies so I was expecting to enjoy this one too. 11mo
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saltwaterlit
Florida | Lauren Groff
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This was the perfect short story collection to lose myself in these past few weeks. Lauren Groff is a master of literary fiction, and I loved the unifying theme of the state of Florida (although I‘ve never been).

saresmoore I loved this one, too. 11mo
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Florida | Lauren Groff
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BritanyA
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: Short Stories are hard. Lauren Groff is now on my list of go to authors- her writing is fabulous. These stories about my home state were great. Eerie and strange and poignant. Go pick this one up!

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Florida | Lauren Groff
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Next up! 😍

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DreeMorris
Florida | Lauren Groff
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Pickpick

3⭐️ I liked this short story collection more than I liked Arcadia, but not nearly as much as I liked Fates and Furies. In theory these stories all reflect Florida, though they don‘t all take place there. My favorites were Flower Hunters and Above and Below. Groff is especially good at writing the mothers of children—she captures the fear, worry, amazement, and love so well.

Wellreadhead Awesome, I need to check this out for sure! 12mo
thebluestocking I like this one too, but my favorite of hers is her first short story collection 12mo
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Florida | Lauren Groff
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Has anyone tried these cli-fi short stories with narration on Amazon Prime? It looks like they have some good authors and they are in Goodreads database if anyone is looking for shorter things to reach their reading challenges

Cinfhen This is helpful for #booked2019 #cliFi & #pop19 #Suggestions 12mo
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This kind of day — filled with things I love 🐶🎄📚 #snickerdoodles #sleepingdog #christmastree #reading

LauraJ 🤤 snickerdoodles are my favorite! 12mo
ErinSueMreads Oh god now I need to make snickerdoodles 12mo
rachelk @LauraJ @ErinSueG They make the house smell good too :) 12mo
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