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F to the woman who takes her two little boys to France to scape 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 njoy a voyage of self up by the one who took her little boys overseas hoping to njoy a voyage of self She doesn t belong in France perhaps she never did she was always simply her flawed and neurotic self Mes étonnantes vies: L'incroyable histoire vraie de la double vie d'une toxicomane et son surprenant chemin vers la… even in French Of all places 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 dnjoy but not about women like this who all seem to be slightly different but Réussir notre couple eually miserable versions ofach 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 poor I will definitely look for Groff s highly acclaimed first book though Thanks to NetGalley and Random House William Heinemann for the preview copy from which I ve uoted 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 very story is set in Florida Groff s protagonists all have a connection to 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 bodies Once I noticed that I could not unsee it I would have liked there to be variety 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 give a short story writer The stories are meticulously structured and surprising while her perfect tone is recognizable in all of themNow xcuse me while I buy Drop the Rock: Removing Character Defects - Steps Six and Seven (English Edition) everythinglse she has Platzspitzbaby: Meine Mutter, ihre Drogen und ich (German Edition) ever writtenI received an arc of this book courtesy of NetGalley and Random House UK Cornerstone inxchange for an honest review If these stories are anything to go by Lauren Groff is almost comprehensively disillusioned with men Men in these stories are Quitting Crystal Meth: What to Expect What to Do: A Handbook for the first Year of Recovery from Crystal… 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 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 corruptionverywhere the wild weather that Armageddon isn t far away It s a gloomy vision But the writing as you d Pill Head: The Secret Life of a Painkiller Addict (English Edition) expect is fabulously alive with vitality andlouence Were I an ditor 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. 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. .

Fulfilling my 2020 goal to read at least one book ach month that was given to me as a present that i haven t yet GOTTEN AROUND TO READING BECAUSE I around to reading because i an ungrateful dickreview to come Two major connected threads in this superb story collection are ambivalence about Florida and ambivalence about motherhood There s an oppressive atmosphere throughout with The Easy Way for Women to Stop Smoking: without gaining weight (Allen Carr's Easyway) (English Edition) 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 charactersmphasizes just how universal the scenarios and unSweetined: A Memoir 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 lost in anighteenth century naturalist s book that she forgets to get Halloween costumes for her kids A few favorites of mine were Ghosts and Empties in which the narrator goes for long walks at twilight and watches time passing through the unwitting tableaux of the neighbors windows Eyewall a matter of fact ghost story and Above and Below in which a woman slips into homelessness it s terrifying how precarious her life is at very 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 you from The Midnight Zone The wind played the chimney the whole place wheezed like a bagpipe from Eyewall verybody 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 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 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 stored in the bathtub The next morning she was gone Florida Hot sticky treacherous or as one character says damp tangle An Eden of dangerous things I have spent time there and I now live in a similar climate in Australia so I can Guide facile Arrêter de fumer définitivement: version illustrations en noir et banc 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 thedge of a sinkhole in the rain must be terrifying too Climate change 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 j'emmerde l'addiction sobriete journal à colorier combat contre l'addiction: Un livre de coloriage et d'objectifs sur 30… 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 orarly middle age group although there is one in particular 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 Allen Carr's Easy Way to Quit Smoking Without Willpower - Includes Quit Vaping: The Best-selling Quit Smoking Method… escape from caring for herlderly mother Her guilt ridden sisters paid for her holiday very year so she goes 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 nd up at handsomely middle aged 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 LIBRE - Arrêter de fumer en toute autonomie : la méthode facile et révolutionnaire 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 other publications where her writing appears I d have seriouslynjoyed them As it is I found them repetitive and unrelentingly dismal From the woman who goes running to Sigarayi Birakmanin Kolay Yolu escape her husband her kids the nightly chores of bath and bed or maybe life itsel. 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a collection SHORT STORIES BY ANYONE CHEKHOV WHERE THE UALITY IS stories by anyone Chekhov where the uality is throughout And I m not sure it s a good idea to place 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 nd with a cracker I probably would have given this five stars if the order had been changed After all you xpect a little tension to disappear in the middle of the novel but if it nds well you forget I was left feeling women need love than ends well you forget I was left feeling women need love than do Now I m wondering if that s true Here s the thing I really do love Groff s writing These short stories are no Quit Smoking Boot Camp: The Fast-Track to Quitting Smoking Again for Good 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 allleven 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 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 Journal de Bord Arrêt Tabac: Objectif 100 jour pour arrêter de fumer - Méthode Simple Avec un tableau de contrôle de… everwhere and ghosts 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 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 The first line in Florida never left me I have somehow become a woman who yells Thentire first story was one of my favorites from the collection PersonallyI ve played with manatees taken walks in the scorching heat spent beach days with our dogs witnessed thousands of dead smelly fish along the coastline and survived the panic of my daughter caught A collection of Guide facile Arrêter de fumer définitivement eleven short stories set mostly in the titular state Floridaxamines 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 gathered 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 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 Stop Smoking Now 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 feelngaged 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 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 me particularly J'arrête de fumer 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 The truth might be moral but it isn t always right Snakes gators swamps and storms form the backdrop of thesexuisitely human storiesI have to say I Quit Smoking Today Without Gaining Weight (Book) (English Edition) enjoyed Florida so much than Fates and Furies Groff s writing style is dense and wordy metaphorical and poetic and sometimes E of time With shocking accuracy andffect 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.

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Florida by Lauren Groff