book cover of Florida
Added by 3 of our members

Florida

(2018)
A collection of stories by

 
 
FINALIST FOR THE 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 

WINNER OF THE 2019 STORY PRIZE

ONE OF NPR'S BEST BOOKS OF 2018

The universally acclaimed return of the New York Times bestselling author of Fates and Furies.

"Haunting and arresting." (New York Times Book Review)

"Outstanding." (The Boston Globe)

"Marvelous." (The Economist)

"Gorgeously weird and limber." (The New Yorker)

"Easily the year's best story collection." (Vogue)

"Groff's gifts as a writer just keep soaring higher and higher.”  (NPR’s Fresh Air)


Florida is a "superlative" book (Boston Globe), "frequently funny" (San Francisco Chronicle), "brooding, inventive and often moving" (NPR Fresh Air) --as Groff is recognized as "Florida's unofficial poet laureate, as Joan Didion was for California." (Washington Post


In her thrilling new book, Lauren Groff brings the reader into a physical world that is at once domestic and wild—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 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 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 fury—the moments that make us alive. Startling, precise, and affecting, Florida is a magnificent achievement.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Don’t tell yourself you don’t like short stories, because these are not to be missed. The book is deep and dark and resonant. Every story plays in some way on the others and in the end the total is worth even more than the sum of its beautiful parts." - Ann Patchett

"Florida is a magnificent collection, executed with tremendous depth and precision, unsettling in the best possible way. Lauren Groff is a virtuoso." - Emily St. John Mandel


Similar books by other authors


Used availability for Lauren Groff's Florida

Hardback Editions

June 2018 : UK Hardback
thumb

Title: Florida
Author(s): Lauren Groff
ISBN: 1-78515-188-6 / 978-1-78515-188-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


June 2018 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: Florida
Author(s): Lauren Groff
ISBN: 1-59463-451-3 / 978-1-59463-451-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

May 2019 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: Florida
Author(s): Lauren Groff
ISBN: 1-59463-452-1 / 978-1-59463-452-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


May 2019 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: Florida
Author(s): Lauren Groff
ISBN: 1-78609-046-5 / 978-1-78609-046-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Windmill Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


June 2018 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: Florida
Author(s): Lauren Groff
ISBN: 1-78515-189-4 / 978-1-78515-189-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


June 2018 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: Florida
Author(s): Lauren Groff
ISBN: 0-525-53626-4 / 978-0-525-53626-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Availability: Amazon AU   


June 2018 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: Florida (Random House Large Print)
Author(s): Lauren Groff
ISBN: 0-525-63196-8 / 978-0-525-63196-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

June 2018 : USA Audio CD
thumb

Title: Florida
Author(s): Lauren Groff
ISBN: 0-525-62610-7 / 978-0-525-62610-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


June 2018 : USA Audio edition
thumb

Title: Florida
Author(s): Lauren Groff
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon   


June 2018 : Canada Audio edition
thumb

Title: Florida
Author(s): Lauren Groff
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

June 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumb

Title: Florida
Author(s): Lauren Groff
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


June 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
thumb

Title: Florida
Author(s): Lauren Groff
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU