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A collection of stories spanning centuries of time in mercurial Florida examines the decisions and connections behind life-changing events in characters ranging from two abandoned sisters to a conflicted family woman.
Contents: Ghosts and empties
At the round earth's imagined corners
Dogs go wolf
Midnight zone
For the god of love, for the love of god
Flower hunters
Above and below
Snake stories
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2018
Branch Call Number: FICTION GRO
Characteristics: 275 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9781594634512


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I confess that I didn't love Lauren Groff's popular Fates and Furies (2015), and approached this short story collection with some reservations, but it's one of the most skillfully and beautifully crafted collections I've read in years. Groff writes with love, fear, and anxiety about her home stat... Read More »

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Sep 24, 2018

Smell, feel, and taste Florida in these sensuous short stories about (mainly) restless and anxious women who have retreated from living. Impending threats and fears overhang each story like a heavy branch that could break in a storm. There is an art to writing a good short story and these measure up.

Sep 11, 2018

Depressing. Dark. Paints a much less appealing view of Florida than expected. The first few stories are beautiful. Then stop reading as they all become the same, melancholy experience.

Aug 13, 2018

This book is full of anxious women (particularly mothers), strained relationships, and nature's menace, yet I found many of these stories strangely comforting. Groff's writing is phenomenally accurate and vivid.

Jul 16, 2018

Engrossing vignettes of mostly Florida women's lives, somewhat depressing for the stark reality "slice-of-life," not to mention bugs, snakes, lizards, gators, weather, etc. The endings are abrupt, since it's just a "slice," and you are left to either accept that, or to wonder what might have happened next -- similar to something like, "She said a prayer as her car crossed over the freeway divider into oncoming traffic," period, end of story.

Jul 07, 2018

I’m not a fan of short stories I only picked up this book, because I have been sick and I needed shorter stories to match my attention span. This book did the trick. It treats Florida much differently than other books about Florida. The citizens of Florida are diverse, and there is diversity in this book about a variety of Floridians all will a different point of view. Excellent writing which leaves the reader to ponder before beginning the next story in the book.


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