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M Eyewall everybody is sleeping save for the tree frogs and the sinners from Snake Stories How lonely it would be the mother thinks looking at her 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 et 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 personal turmoil Some stories were definitely better than others There was one set during a wind definitely better than others There was one set during a wind in Florida with a woman alone at home with her two boys that really Coming Home (Chesapeake Diaries got my attention And she really captures the nuances of mothers love for young children There s a creepy story about two youngirls left alone on an island But overall these stories didn t have 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 master craftsman She paints so well with 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 bugs humidity rot spanish moss vines The Writers Handbook 1999 gators sinkholes homelessness tent cities termites mosuitos hurricanes lizards panthers a damp and dense tangle bleaching sun dread and heatMotherhood is something to be deeply conflicted about When in doubt drink heavilyEveryone is lonely loneliness is everwhere andhosts surround you When lonely drink 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 for how much I liked it If Goodreads allowed it I would Rock Hounding out of Bishop 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 Thatives 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 her The Long-Legged Fly glasses missed the three foot albino alligator her husband had stored in the bathtub The next morning she wasone Florida Hot sticky treacherous or as one character says damp dense tangle 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 Beneath the Surface (Reluctance, gets than a passing 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 patience with her constant worries about the future to the point 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 ageroup although there is one in particular *who worried about becoming what is often referred to a woman of a *worried about becoming what is often referred to a woman of a age She had rented an apartment in Salvador for a two week escape from caring for her elderly mother Her The Service guilt ridden sisters paid for her holiday every year so sheoes to live it up Helena was in that viscous 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 into pretty 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. 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.

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A collection of eleven short stories set mostly in the titular state Florida examines the inner lives of young women and mothers afflicted by malaise alcoholism and occasionally despair Abusive men neglected children unbearable storms and the southern wilderness recur throughout the collection the pieces athered here feel like variations on the same set of themes Groff writes lush sentences full of palpable and unsettling images and her stories move at a measured pace Sometimes the stories felt scattered in focus and occasionally I wished they would have ended on definitive notes Favorite stories included Ghost and Empties Above and Below and Yport If these stories are anything to o 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 Doctor Who and the Planet of the Daleks goes the whole hog and deploys Guy de Mauspassant to paint a thoroughly irksome and depressing portrait 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 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 heart of darkness There s a constant sense the pollution and corruption everywhere the wild weather that Armageddon isn t far away It s aloomy 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 proved to be the weakest If there s one subject a novelist ought to be able to make compelling it s 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 ood idea to place the worst story last By The Time You Come the time you come 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 probably would have iven this five stars if the order had 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 *Florida and ambivalence about motherhood There s an oppressive atmosphere throughout 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 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 and her unexpected turns of phrase jump off the pageThe narrator of The Midnight Zone staying with her sons in a hunting camp 20 miles from civilization ponders the cruelty of time and her failure to be Sufficiently Maternal While The Woman In Flower Hunters Is So maternal while the woman in Flower Hunters is so in an eighteenth century naturalist s book that she forgets to A Pucked Holiday Outtake (Pucked, get Halloween costumes for her kids A few favorites of mine were Ghosts and Empties in which the narratoroes for long walks at twilight and watches time passing through the unwitting tableaux of the neighbors windows Eyewall a matter of fact Turn This World Inside Out ghost story and Above and Below in which a woman slips into homelessness it s terrifying how precarious 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 What had been built to seem so solid was fragile in the face of time because time is impassive animal than 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 fro. The stories in this collection span characters towns decades even centuries but Florida its landscape climate history and state of mind becomes itsravitational center an energy a mood as mu. ,

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Which was no place at all to be I d be happy with handsomely middle aged but then I m not trying to party hearty fitting in a year s worth of escapades into a couple of weeks Poor HelenaThere s no uestion that Groff is a ood writer
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think if d read any of these stories separately in The New Yorker Magazine or other publications where her writing appears I d have seriously enjoyed them As it is I found them repetitive and unrelentingly dismal From the woman who oes running to 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 Ther The truth might be moral but it isn t always right Snakes Night Fury (Night Fury, gators swamps and storms form the backdrop of these exuisitely human storiesI have to say I enjoyed Florida so much than Fates and Furies Groff s writing style is dense and wordy metaphorical and poetic and sometimes exhausting Reading her full length novel was a chore but for me at least Groff seems born to write short stories Small hard hitting snippets of lives that still make you feel emotionally drained but also thoughtful and satisfiedThe natural wonders and dangers of Florida play into almost all these stories A snake devotee meets his end in the wilderness at the hands of his life s passion A stressed mother of two boys is injured in a literal cabin in the woods Two abandoned children fight against starvationIt s a book about people often women and mothers but not always becoming unmoored and losing their way The opening story is about a woman who takes to walking at night to calm her recently acuired propensity for yelling During these strolls she observes her neighbors through their windows unveiling pockets of their lives in punchy descriptions It s amazing how much you can learn just by watching peopleFor the most part the stories seem to be narrating a series of events in intricate detail observing nature and moments between people But then once in a while Groff delivers a perfect line that captures a widespread thought or fear tapping deep into the human psyche and offering insight It s extremely powerfulCW Child abuseneglect rape nonraphic eneral anxietydepressionBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube The first line in Florida never left me I have somehow become a woman who yells The entire first story was one of my favorites from the collection PersonallyI ve played with manatees taken walks in the scorching heat spent beach days wi Any book called Florida needs to be infused by a thorough sense of place and Lauren Groff does just that I have been a fan since LOVING Fates and Furies a few years back and have been meaning to pick up of her books and this very strong collection of short stories has cemented her place in my heartWhile not every story is set *IN FLORIDA GROFF S PROTAGONISTS ALL HAVE A CONNECTION *Florida Groff s protagonists all have a connection that place a connection they sometimes strain against and sometimes welcome Her protagonists are women depressed and difficult and wonderfully flawed women often mothers with a difficult and believable relationship to motherhood I loved the way these women are allowed to be difficult while Groff shines an unflinching spotlight on them and their flaws and the way they are suffocating in their own skin I adore that theycan be unpleasant while ultimately staying sympathetic I do wish this unpleasantness did not always also show itself in a disdain for their own and other bodies Once I noticed that I could not unsee it I would have liked there to be variety in their deepest flaws because as it is the fixation on often overweight bodies feels unkind and unnecessaryLauren Groff is in perfect command of her language her sentences are sharp in the way that I like them to be in realistic short fiction comparisons to Roxane Gay came to mind here and that is obviously one of the highest compliments I can ive a short story writer The stories are meticulously structured and surprising while her perfect tone is recognizable in all of themNow excuse me while I buy everything else she has ever writtenI received an arc of this book courtesy of NetGalley and Random House UK Cornerstone in exchange for an honest review fulfilling my 2020 Chemistry goal to read at least one book each month that wasiven to me as a present that i haven t yet 3 Ideas That Can Change Your Life gotten around to reading because i am an ungrateful dickreview to com. E 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 aliv.