In each issue, FORUM celebrates the joy of reading by offering a favorite book to consider. In this issue, Sally Bradshaw, owner of Tallahassee’s Midtown Reader book store, recommends Florida, by Lauren Groff, published this year. Groff, who lives in Gainesville, is The New York Times bestselling author of three novels, The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, and Fates and Furies, and the celebrated short story collection Delicate Edible Birds. In 2017, she was named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists.
Says Bradshaw: “I am overwhelmed by Lauren Groff. A Gainesville resident and former finalist for the National Book Award, Groff’s story-telling weaves wild Florida — snakes, dogs, raccoons, cockroaches even — with the wildness of human nature in this remarkable and surprising collection. Teeming with loneliness, longing, love, and ultimately life, Groff’s short stories prove once again that she is at the top of her game and that this strange land so many of us call home is both antagonist and protagonist — a character all its own.” Groff will appear at Midtown Reader on Oct. 26.
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