On Sale: May 21, 2019
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Hardcover (June 2018)
Women's Fiction Contemporary
In her thrilling new book, Lauren Groff brings the reader
into a physical world that is at once domestic and wildâ€”a
place where the hazards of the natural world lie waiting to
pounce, yet the greatest threats and mysteries are still of
an emotional, psychological nature. A family retreat can be
derailed by a prowling panther, or by a sexual secret. Among
those navigating this place are a resourceful pair of
abandoned sisters; a lonely boy, grown up; a restless,
childless couple, a searching, homeless woman; and an
unforgettable, recurring characterâ€”a steely and conflicted
wife and mother.
The stories in this collection span characters, towns,
decades, even centuries, but Floridaâ€”its landscape, climate,
history, and state of mindâ€”becomes its gravitational center:
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 furyâ€”the moments that make
us alive. Startling, precise, and affecting, Florida
is a magnificent achievement.
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