Florida / Lauren Groff.Publisher: London : William Heinemann, 2018Description: 275 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781594634512 (hardcover).Uniform titles: Short stories. Selections Subject(s): English fiction -- American authors -- 21st century | Florida -- FictionDDC classification: 813
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Ghosts and empties -- At the round earth's imagined corners -- Dogs go wolf -- The midnight zone -- Eyewall -- For the god of love, for the love of god -- Salvador -- Flower hunters -- Above and below -- Snake stories -- Yport.
Lauren Groff brings her electric storytelling and intelligence to a world in which 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. Among those navigating it all are a resourceful pair of abandoned sisters; a lonely boy, grown up; a restless, childless couple; a searching, homeless woman; and an unforgettable, recurring character a steely and conflicted wife and mother. The stories in this collection span characters, towns, decades, even centuries, but Florida - its landscape, climate, history, and state of mind - becomes its gravitational centre: an energy, a mood, as much 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 passage of time. With shocking accuracy and effect, she pinpoints the moments and decisions and connections behind human pleasure and pain, hope and despair, love and fury - the moments that make us alive. Startling, precise and affecting, Florida is a magnificent achievement.