by Lauren Groff
Pub Date 05 Jun 2018
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‘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, author of Station Eleven
In her vigorous and moving new book, Lauren Groff brings her electric storytelling and intelligence to a world in which storms, snakes and sinkholes lurk at the edge of everyday life, but the greater threats and mysteries are of a human, emotional and psychological nature. Among those navigating it all 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 centre: 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.
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR LAUREN GROFF'S NOVEL, FATES AND FURIES
'A really powerful novel' President Obama
"Enough betrayal, vengeance and sex to read like one of the Greek tragedies" (Observer)
"Rich, lyrical and rewarding." (Paula Hawkins, author of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN Guardian (Books of the Year))
"A lyrical and, at times, astonishingly beautiful account of how little it is possible to know about those closest to us." (Financial Times)
"Addictive to read ... Groff has drawn a woman so complex it seems that with every chapter a new layer is revealed, each as deliciously intriguing as the next … The result is a compelling portrait of an unconventional marriage across two decades." (Stylist)
"[A] stunning achievement. The plotting is elegant, intricate and assured . . . it will give you much to savour." (Independent)
"Absorbing and beautifully written, this is a riveting study of love, power and creativity." (Sunday Express)
"A truly special novel ... if you haven't read her before, I'm delighted to take the credit for introducing you to one of your new favourite authors." (The Pool)
"A searing exploration of how far a person will go for love, loyalty and revenge." (Time)
"Rare and impressive… Groff has created a novel of extraordinary and genuine complexity…The word “ambitious” is often used as code for “overly ambitious”, a signal that an author’s execution has fallen short. No such hidden message here. Lauren Groff is a writer of rare gifts, and Fates and Furies is an unabashedly ambitious novel that delivers – with comedy, tragedy, well-deployed erudition and unmistakable glimmers of brilliance throughout." (New York Times)
"A book to submit to and be knocked out by." (Meg Wolitzer)
5* REAL READER REVIEWS OF LAUREN GROFF'S NOVEL, FATES AND FURIES
"A truly spell binding novel. The narrative ebbs and flows beautifully throughout the two halves of the story.... brilliant and very enjoyable!"
"One of the best book that I have read in a long time."
"Full of surprises, compelling style. Triggers questioning and thinking.The type you'd like to instantly reread to rediscover under a different light."
"Lauren Groff is a writer of great skill. She weaves depths, layers and colours into her natural gifts as a storyteller, one can quite understand all the accolades and prizes in her favour."
" Fates and Furies is the modern equivalent of The Great Gatsby. Lauren Goff has achieved the American Dream. The Great American Novel. It is a work of pure, almost unutterable, genius."
"This is masterly story telling."
"The characters are complicated and perfect, you can't help but grow attached. Absolutely loved it."