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Lauren Groff

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Lauren Groff graduated from Amherst College and received an MFA in fiction from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Her books include The Monsters of Templeton, Delicate Edible Birds, and Fates and Furies. Arcadia won of the Medici Book Club Prize. Her fiction has also won the Paul Bowles Prize visa mer for Fiction, the PEN/O. Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines including the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Tin House, One Story, McSweeney's, and Ploughshares, and in the anthologies 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, and three editions of the Best American Short Stories. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre
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Verk av Lauren Groff

Fates and Furies (2015) 3,611 exemplar
The Monsters of Templeton (2008) 2,809 exemplar
Matrix (2021) 1,442 exemplar
Arcadia (2012) 1,398 exemplar
Florida (2018) 1,076 exemplar
The Vaster Wilds (2023) 344 exemplar
Boca Raton (2018) 41 exemplar
The Best Short Stories 2023: The O. Henry Prize Winners (2023) — Redaktör — 10 exemplar
The Midnight Zone 8 exemplar
The Masters Review: 2012 (2012) — Redaktör — 4 exemplar
Ghosts and Empties 2 exemplar

Associerade verk

The Best American Short Stories 2007 (2007) — Bidragsgivare — 815 exemplar
The Best American Short Stories 2010 (2010) — Bidragsgivare — 407 exemplar
100 Years of The Best American Short Stories (2015) — Bidragsgivare — 266 exemplar
The Best American Short Stories 2014 (2014) — Bidragsgivare — 262 exemplar
The Best American Short Stories 2016 (2016) — Bidragsgivare — 248 exemplar
The Best American Short Stories 2017 (2017) — Bidragsgivare — 171 exemplar
The Monster's Corner (2011) — Bidragsgivare — 158 exemplar
The Best American Short Stories 2022 (2022) — Bidragsgivare — 81 exemplar
Granta 139: Best of Young American Novelists (2017) — Bidragsgivare — 69 exemplar
The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books (2011) — Bidragsgivare — 62 exemplar
Letter to a Stranger: Essays to the Ones Who Haunt Us (2021) — Bidragsgivare — 58 exemplar
Collected Stories - Everyman (2020) — Inledning — 46 exemplar
The Penguin Book of the Modern American Short Story (2021) — Bidragsgivare — 44 exemplar
The Best American Mystery and Suspense Stories 2022 (2022) — Bidragsgivare — 27 exemplar
The Best American Short Stories 2023 (2023) — Bidragsgivare — 18 exemplar


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An unexpected and engrossing read. Amazing how Groff portrays a whole world and life in very few pages.
mmcrawford | 75 andra recensioner | Dec 5, 2023 |
The language on display here is alone worth the price of admission. Like a thick jungle underbrush, it is dense but beautiful, teeming with life and filled with ferocity. The characters can sometimes be ciphers, but part of that is style and it doesn't ultimately detract from the emotional heft of the book. I really loved this and want to read more of her work.
soonertbone | 198 andra recensioner | Dec 2, 2023 |
Lauren Groff presents a readable, believable, fascinating story of life in 12th century England. It tells us a fictionalized life of Marie de France, a poet, who in this novel becomes the Matrix, or Mother, of a poor abby of nuns. She despairs at first of her fate, then becomes a force to be reckoned with.

The dust jacket says Matrix is "alive to the sacred and the profane," and that is certainly my experience of this extraordinary novel.
mykl-s | 75 andra recensioner | Nov 30, 2023 |
Florida has never seemed like a defined, real place to me. My early impressions of it came from my father's Pogo books, and from beautiful yet sinister storm sets in old black and white films. Then came the fight over Elián González, and hanging chads. All very interesting, but not enough to get any sort of cogent idea of the place. Pictures of elderly citizens flooding it annually in winter in their gated communities, along with real floods from hurricanes don't help.

I knew Lauren Groff's name from positive reviews on LT, so when I saw this beautiful looking book in the store, I picked it up. The glorious beast on the cover positively shimmered. The Washington Post blurb on the back cover told me that Groff "stakes her claim to being Florida's unofficial poet laureate, as Joan Didion was for California". Well, if she could write like Joan Didion, I had to read her.

There are eleven stories here, of which nine take place in Florida. While each centres around people, it is Florida that is the real protagonist. Unpredictable, menacing, there is a real sense of danger, whether in town or in the country. Feral cats, mould, rot, insects, sinkholes, torrential rain, wind, snakes, not to mention alligators: all can damage the soul as well as the body. Being alone turns to debilitating loneliness:
And now she is crying.
I'm not crying, she tells the dog, but the dog sighs deeply.
The dog needs to take a little break from her.
The dog stands and goes inside and crawls under the baby grand piano that she bought long ago from a lonely old lady, a piano that nobody plays.
A lonely old piano.
She always wanted to be the kind of person who could play the "Moonlight Sonata".
She buries her failure in this, as she buries all her failures in reading.
In another story, "At the Round Earth's Imagined Corners", a deaf man out rowing loses his oars and drifts helplessly.
The water thickly hid its danger, but he knew what was there. There were alligators, their knobby eyes even now watching him. He'd seen one with his binoculars from his bedroom the other day that was at least fourteen feet long. He felt it somewhere nearby now. And though this was no longer prairie, there were still a few snakes, cottonmouth, copperheads, pygmies under the leaf rot at the edge of the lake. There was the water itself, superheated until it hosted flagellates that enter the nose and infect the brain, an infinity of the minuscule eating away. There was the burning sun above and the mosquitoes feeding on his blood. There was the silence. He wouldn't swim in this terrifying mess.

Abandonment is a theme in this collection. Buildings, careers, friends, partners, parents, even children, are left behind. In the final story, "Yport", Florida itself is left behind as a woman flees summer there to research a novel about Guy de Maupassant. Normandy is a complete contrast to Florida. Even though her two children are with her, loneliness still haunts her. In the end she realizes, Solitude is danger for a working mind. We need to keep around us people who think and speak.
When we are lonely for a long time, we people the void with phantoms.
Although she adds de Maupassant said this in "Le Horla", perhaps this is Groff's message. In Florida, the phantoms are all too real.

As for me, Florida remains just as unknowable.
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SassyLassy | 59 andra recensioner | Nov 24, 2023 |


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