Books Read Florida By Lauren Groff – lavitamin.us
Books Read Florida By Lauren Groff – lavitamin.us
Two major connected threads in this superb story collection are ambivalence about Florida and ambivalence about motherhood There s an oppressive atmosphere throughout with 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 hrase jump off the Paris Encore (Zion Covenant, pageThe narrator of The Midnight Zone staying with her sons in a hunting camp 20 miles from civilizationonders the cruelty of time and her failure to be sufficiently maternal while the woman in Flower Hunters is so lost in an eighteenth century naturalist s boo 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 Boyfriends from Hell 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 Battered Not Broken 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 theollution 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 What Ive Become (The Humanity Within Book 1) 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 The Contemporaries 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 UML Weekend Crash Course [With CDROM] probably would have given 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 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 theieces gathered here feel like variations on the same set of themes Groff writes lush sentences full of alpable and unsettling images and her stories move at a measured ace 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 fulfilling my 2020 goal to read at least one book each month that was given to me as a Poker Slave present that i haven t yet gotten around to reading because i am an ungrateful dickreview to come Any book called Florida needs to be infused by a thorough sense oflace 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 To the Golden Shore pick up of her books and this very strong collection of short stories has cemented herlace in my heartWhile not every story is set in Florida Groff s Indulge (Warm Delicacy, protagonists all have a connection to thatlace a connection they sometimes strain against and sometimes welcome Her rotagonists 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 shine. 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.
S 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 erfect 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 give a short story writer The stories are meticulously structured and surprising while her Kirkland Revels 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 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 velayed with manatees taken walks in the scorching heat spent beach days with our dogs witnessed thousands The truth might be moral but it isn t always right Snakes 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 To Him Who Sits on the Throne 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 Floridalay into almost all these stories A snake devotee meets his end in the wilderness at the hands of his life s assion 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 eople 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 Youth, Beautiful Youth propensity for yelling During these strolls she observes her neighbors through their windows unveilingockets of their lives in unchy descriptions It s amazing how much you can learn just by watching eopleFor the most Fault Lines part the stories seem to be narrating a series of events in intricate detail observing nature and moments betweeneople But then once in a while Groff delivers a Hunt for 901 perfect line that captures a widespread thought or fear tapping deep into the humansyche and offering insight It s extremely Chasing After Infinity powerfulCW Child abuseneglect rape non graphic general anxietydepressionBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube 354 When she wasregnant 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 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 gets than a Morir por un iPhone - Apple, Foxconn y las luchas de los trabajadores en China 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 satience with her constant worries about the future to the oint 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 articular 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 sisters aid for her holiday every year so she goes to live it up Helena was in that viscous ool of years in her late thirties when she could feel her beauty slowly departing from her Sh. Ch as a Cast On, Bets Off 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 theassag.
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E had been lovely at one time which slid into retty 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 lace at all to be I d be happy with handsomely middle aged but then I m not trying to Past Lives, Future Lives party 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 otherublications where her writing appears I d have seriously enjoyed them As it is I found them repetitive and unrelentingly dismal From the woman who goes 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 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 boys overseas hoping to enjoy a voyage of self discovery She doesn t belong in France Love with Every Beat perhaps she never did she was always 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 CPA Australia - Advanced Taxation 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 Here s the thing I really do love Groff s writing These short stories are no exception she is a master craftsman She If Walls Could Talk (Haunted Home Renovation Mystery, paints so well with her words andhrasing It s just thatI don t do so well with dark and all eleven of these stories are Arcana Mundi 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 gators sinkholes homelessness tent cities termites mosuitos hurricanes lizardsanthers 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 and ghosts surround you When lonely drink heavilyMen are به سوی زبان شناسی شعر 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 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 That gives me just over 3 months to shake this off 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 Genesis 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 Mirror Matter publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy. E of time With shocking accuracy and effect sheinpoints the moments and decisions and connections behind human A Kiss of Shadows (Merry Gentry pleasure andain hope and despair love and fury the moments that make us aliv.
Lauren Groff was born in Cooperstown NY and grew up one block from the Baseball Hall of Fame She graduated from Amherst College and has an MFA in fiction from the University of Wisconsin Madison Her short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in a number of journals including The Atlantic Monthly Ploughshares Glimmer Train Hobart and Five Points as well as in the anthologies Best Amer