Finalist, National Book Awards 2018 for Fiction

Florida by Lauren Groff book cover
ISBN 9781594634512
Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House
Lauren Groff

Lauren Groff (Chair) is a three-time National Book Award Finalist for Fiction. Her books include Fates and Furies, Florida, Matrix, and most recently, The Vaster Wilds. More about this author >

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The New York Times-bestselling author of Fates and Furies returns, bringing 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.


Lauren Groff, Fiction Finalist, reads from "Florida" at 2018 National Book Awards Finalists Reading