Florida

Florida

Downloadable Audiobook - 2018
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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 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.
Publisher: [New York, NY] : Penguin Audio, 2018
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780525626114
0525626115
Branch Call Number: EAUDIO OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (08 hr., 02 min., 15 sec.)) : digital
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SolvayGirl
Oct 08, 2018

This collection of literary short stories has a range of hits and misses. I "read" the audiobook and the author did the reading. Her style and voice are somewhat a monotone and thus might have been better if read by a professional. It was, however, great for falling asleep too—whether or not the particular story was engaging.

One major takeaway is that the stories definitely confirmed my lack of desire to ever live in Florida!

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