A collection of eleven short stories set mostly in the Titular State Examines The Inner Lives Of Young Women state Florida examines the lives of young women mothers afflicted by malaise alcoholism and occasionally despair Abusive men neglected children unbearable storms and the southern wilderness recur throughout the collection the pieces gathered ere feel like variations on the same set of themes Groff writes lush sentences full of palpable and unsettling images and er stories move at a measured pace Sometimes the stories felt scattered in focus and occasionally I wished they would ave ended on definitive notes Favorite stories included Ghost #and Empties Above and Below and Yport If these stories are #Empties Above and Below and Yport If these stories are to go by Lauren Groff is almost comprehensively disillusioned with men Men in these stories are either absent inept in another world or downright threatening The last story and by far the least successful goes the whole og and deploys Guy de Mauspassant to paint a thoroughly irksome and depressing portrait of masculinity As a Brit one tends to forget ow many deadly creatures there are in the US The most scary threat we face from the natural world ere is perhaps a bee sting Groff s Florida is teeming with aligators snakes wild cats bears And then there s the murderous weather All the stories in Florida are about lonely nameless women stranded close to the Nehru's India Select Speeches heart of darkness There s a constant sense the pollution and corruption everywhere the wild weather that Armageddon isn t far away It s a gloomy vision But the writing as you d expect is fabulously alive with vitality and elouence Were I an editor I wouldave omitted the last and longest story For me it spoilt this otherwise riveting collection of thematically linked stories It wasn t very well written and it lacked the subtlety of the other stories Strange that the only story about a novelist proved to be the weakest If there s one subject a novelist ought to be able to make compelling it s El poder de Lady Wifi! 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Cmic) her own profession but oddly Groff s novelist was never convincing And the anti male propaganda was over the top It s the stories that are actually set in Florida that are the best I wonder if there exists a collection of short stories by anyone Chekhov where the uality is maintained throughout And I m not sure it s a good idea to place the worst story last By the time you come to review youave the disappointing final stories uppermost in your mind A better trick would be to insert the worst stories in the middle and end with a cracker I probably would was it love have given this five stars if the orderad been changed After all you expect a little tension to disappear in the middle of the novel but if it ends well you forget I was left feeling women need love than men do Now I m wondering if that s true 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 A Very Private Gentleman how universal the scenarios and emotions are Groff s style is like a cross between Karen Russell s Swamplandia and Cormac McCarthy s The Road ander unexpected turns of phrase jump off the pageThe narrator of The Midnight Zone staying with Processing Syntax and Morphology her sons in aunting camp 20 miles from civilization ponders the cruelty of time and His Girl from Nowhere her failure to be sufficiently maternal while the woman in Flower Hunters is so lost in an eighteenth century naturalist s book that she forgets to get Halloween costumes forer kids A few favorites of mine were Ghosts and Empties in which the narrator goes for long walks at twilight and watches time passing through the unwitting tableaux of the neighbors windows Eyewall a matter of fact ghost story and Above and Below in which a woman slips into A DIY Guide for All Things Natural Hair: Discover Homemade Conditioner and Hair Rinse Recipes for Your Crowning Glory homelessness it s terrifyingow precarious Once Dishonored her life is at every step Florida feels innovative and terrifyingly relevant Any one of its stories is a bracing read together they form a masterpieceI reviewed this for the May 30th Stylist Book Wars columnSome favorite lines Whatad been built to seem so solid was fragile in the face of time because time is impassive animal than Africans away from home Essays and policy studies human Time would not care if you fell out of it It would continue on without you from The Midnight Zone The wind played the chimney until the whole place wheezed like a bagpipe from Eyewall everybody is sleeping save for the tree frogs and the sinners from Snake Stories How lonely it would be the mother thinks looking ater children to live in this dark world without them from Yport 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 Hired Gun Hired Gun 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 recognizeer talented writing but there was a flat clever feel to Second Edition of a Report on the Geology and Natural Resources of the Area Included by the Nipissing and Timiskaming Map Sheets her stories that made itard for me The stories in this collection span characters towns decades even centuries but Florida its landscape climate istory and state of mind becomes its gravitational center an energy a mood as mu.Business Networks in Syria husbands often and all struggling with internal personal turmoil Some stories were definitely better than others There was one set during a wind storm in Florida with a woman alone atome with Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality her two boys that really got my attention And she really captures the nuances of mothers love for young children There s a creepy story about two young girls left alone on an island But overall these stories didn tave me particularly excited And I must also warn that it s definitely not a book for who are afraid of snakes Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy Here s the thing I really do love Groff s writing These short stories are
NO EXCEPTION SHE IS A MASTERexception she is a master She paints so well with Sheltie at the Funfair her words and phrasing It s just thatI don t do so well with dark and all eleven of these stories are pretty dark I don t think Lauren Groff likes Florida very muchHere s what I took away from this collection Florida is mold feral cats snakes bugsumidity rot spanish moss vines gators sinkholes Problems and Solutions for Undergraduate Analysis Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics homelessness tent cities termites mosuitosurricanes lizards panthers a damp and dense tangle bleaching sun dread and Les Celtes aux racines de l'Europe : Actes du colloque tenu au Parlement de la Communaut franaise de Belgique et au Muse royal de Mariemont les 20 et 21 octobre 2006 heatMotherhood is something to be deeply conflicted about When in doubt drinkeavilyEveryone is lonely loneliness is everwhere and ghosts surround you When lonely drink Beyond Buds: Marijuana ExtractsHash, Vaping, Dabbing, Edibles and Medicines heavilyMen are predatory scum rapists abusive devious self involved OR tender and kind fathershusbands OR any combination of the above yet another thing to be deeply conflicted aboutGlobal warming climate change is something to obsess about on a daily basis These are all really well articulated stories but they are also disturbingly bleak I was relieved to be done with the bookA 4 for the writing a 3 forow much I liked it If Goodreads allowed it I would give this a 35 but rounding down to a 3 because I just didn t really like it I m spending two weeks in Florida in October That gives me just over 3 months to shake this off 354 When she was pregnant with Jude s sister she came into the bathroom to take a cool bath one August night and without er glasses missed the three foot albino alligator er usband ad stored in the bathtub The next morning she was gone Florida Hot sticky treacherous or as one character says damp dense tangle An Eden of dangerous things I Nuclear Power: A Very Short Introduction have spent time there and I now live in a similar climate in Australia so I can easily imagine myself in many of these stories Moving in theumidity was like forcing my way through wet silk The Florida storms are Nymph Fly Tying Techniues horrific and frightening and wonderfully described Standing next to the edge of a sinkhole in the rain must be terrifying too Climate change gets than a passing mention in a few stories because Florida of course is already being inundated by rising seas andit by eavy storms One woman as exhausted Les derniers jours : La fin de l'empire romain d'Occident her best friend s patience wither constant worries about the future to the point that the friend Loveland has asked to take a break fromer She just wishes she could take a break from erselfMost of the main characters are of a youngish or early middle age group although there is one in particular who worried about becoming what is often referred to a woman of a certain age She ad rented an apartment in Salvador for a two week escape from caring for Aliran Politik Dan Aidah Dalam Islam her elderly mother Her guilt ridden sisters paid forer Guide de l'employeur culturel holiday every year so she goes to live it up Helena was in that viscous pool of years iner late thirties when she could feel Der Heimliche Fürstensohn her beauty slowly departing fromer She Science and Democracy had been lovely at one time which slid into pretty which slid into attractive and now if she didn t do something major toalt the slide she d end up at Strength Training for Basketball (Strength Training for Sport) handsomely middle aged which was no place at all to be I d beappy with Megalodon: Fact or Fiction? handsomely middle aged but then I m not trying to partyearty fitting in a year s worth of escapades into a couple of weeks Poor HelenaThere s no uestion that Groff is a good writer I think if I d read any of these stories separately in The New Yorker Magazine or other publications where er writing appears I d ave seriously enjoyed them As it is I found them repetitive and unrelentingly dismal From the woman who goes running to escape er usband John Ormond, Emyr Humphreys, John Tripp (Penguin Modern Poets, her kids the nightly chores of bath and bed or maybe life itself to the woman who takeser two little boys to France to escape Florida with its storms snakes and deadly creatures in the dark There is a lot of bemoaning their condition and a lot of drinking of wine Bottle after bottle drunk aloneI felt as if all these women could be summed up by the one who took er little boys overseas oping to enjoy a voyage of self discovery She doesn t belong in France perhaps she never did she was always simply Des Souris et des hommes eBook: John Steinbeck, Maurice-Edgar Coindreau: Amazon.fr: Amazon Media EUS.à r.l. her flawed and neurotic self even in French Of all places in the world she belongs in Florida How dispiriting to learn this oferself Dispirited is ow I felt most of the time while reading this and annoyed because it is obvious to me that this is someone whose writing I d enjoy but not. Ch 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 passag.