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Xpect 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 of the novel but if it ends well you forget I was left feeling women need love men do Now I m wondering if that "s true The first line in Florida never left me I have somehow become a woman who yells The entire first " true The first line in Florida never left me I have somehow become a woman who yells The entire first was one of my favorites from the collection PersonallyI ve The Secret Art of Great Conversation played with manatees taken walks in the scorching heat spent beach days with our dogs witnessed thousands of dead smelly fish along the coastline and survived theanic of my daughter caught in the middle of a nasty hurricane Florida flat as a Comic Print and Theatre in Early Modern Amsterdam pancake with hurricanes alligators and snakes sticky hot I miss the mountains and redwoods whenever I visit Lauren Groff got me with these short storiesI didn t expect much I haven t been a goo goo fan of herMy fear is she s too brilliant for me to understand too sarcastic too cynical and simply sees the world through all that is wrong However I kinda fell in love with Lauren and her stories in FloridaI m not jumping her fan band wagon just yetbut I felt something in these stories that was missing for me in Furies Lauren is a wizard with words an inventor with her sentences an artist creator andart subtle comedian These stories are dark but not without humor I can t believe I m saying this but I could easily read this again In fact I d love to want toLauren s stories spin on words creative gorgeous sentences moved me I experienced all that s wrong with the world funneled through mothers in Floridathrough their anger vulnerability but also from a Digital Trust place of ownership responsibility I enjoyed this bookand surprised myself 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 wasretty excited to get my 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 recognize her talented writing but there was a flat clever feel to her stories that made it hard for me to feel engaged Most of the stories focused on women often with young children often in Florida often with distant husbands often dark and all struggling with internal Tootles The Taxi And Other Rhymes personal turmoil Some stories were definitely better than others There was one set during a wind storm in Florida with a woman alone at home with 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 t have mearticularly excited And I must also warn that it s definitely not a book for who are afraid of snakes Thanks to Edelweiss and the On My Knees (Stark International Trilogy, publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy. 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Ys overseas hoping to enjoy a voyage of self discovery She doesn t belong in France erhaps she never did she was of self discovery She doesn t belong in France Building Vocabulary Skills perhaps she never did she was simply her flawed and neurotic self even in French Of alllaces in the world she belongs in Florida How dispiriting to learn this of herself Dispirited is how 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 about women like this who all seem to be slightly different but eually miserable versions of each other I waited a few days to write this and I have to admit I find it hard to remember any of them separately They ve all melded together single married rich or Sheet Metal Shop Practice poor I will definitely look for Groff s highly acclaimed first book though Thanks to NetGalley and Random House William Heinemann for thereview copy from which I ve uoted If these stories are anything 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 hog and deploys Guy de Mauspassant to Cait and the Devil paint a thoroughly irksome and depressingortrait of masculinity As a Brit one tends to forget how many deadly creatures there are in the US The most scary threat we face from the natural world here is erhaps 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 heart of darkness There s a constant sense the ollution 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 would have 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 Biggles In The Antarctic proved to be the weakest If there s one subject a novelist ought to be able to make compelling it s her ownrofession but oddly Groff s novelist was never convincing And the anti male An Unofficial Encyclopedia of Strategy for Fortniters 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 tolace the worst story last By the time you come to review you have 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 The Ausar Auset Nutrition Handbook probably would have given this five stars if the order had been changed After all you Ch as alace 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 assag.
free download Florida author Lauren GroffFulfilling my 2020 goal to read at least one book each month that was given to me as a resent that i haven t yet gotten around to reading because i am an ungrateful dickreview to come 354 When she was regnant with Jude s sister she came into the bathroom to take a cool bath one August night and without her glasses missed the three foot albino alligator her husband had stored in the bathtub The next morning she was gone Florida Hot sticky treacherous or as one character says damp dense Hot sticky treacherous or as one character says damp dense An Eden of dangerous things I 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 the humidity was like forcing my way through wet silk The Florida storms are 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 assing mention in a few stories because Florida of course is already being inundated by rising seas and hit by heavy storms One woman has exhausted her best friend s La Vilaine Lulu patience with her constant worries about the future to theoint that the friend has asked to take a break from her She just wishes she could take a break from herselfMost of the main characters are of a youngish or early middle age group although there is one in Becoming Daddys Cow: A Twisted Taboo Dubcon Lactation Body Transformation DD/lg Erotica particular who worried about becoming what is often referred to a woman of a certain age She had rented an apartment in Salvador for a two week escape from caring for her elderly mother Her guilt ridden sistersaid for her holiday every year so she goes to live it up Helena was in that viscous Filthy Rich Boys (Rich Boys of Burberry Prep, pool of years in her late thirties when she could feel her beauty slowly departing from her She had been lovely at one time which slid intoretty which slid into attractive and now if she didn t do something major to halt the slide she d end up at handsomely middle aged which was no Granvilles New Strategy of Daily Stock Market Timing for Maximum Profit place at all to be I d be happy with handsomely middle aged but then I m not trying toarty hearty 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 ublications where her writing appears I
#d have seriously enjoyed them As it is I found them Repetitive And Unrelentingly Dismal From The Woman Who #have seriously enjoyed them As it is I found them Repetitive And Unrelentingly Dismal From The Woman Who Running and unrelentingly dismal From the woman who goes running escape her husband her kids the nightly chores of bath and bed or maybe life itself to the woman who takes her 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 her little bo. 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 an energy a mood as mu.