Florida (audiobook)

Read by Lauren Groff
8.0 hrs • 7 CDs • Unabridged
Fiction/Short Stories
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 06/05/18
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 06/05/18 9780525626107
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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

An Amazon Best Book of the Month selection

Lauren Groff is “a writer of rare gifts” (New York Times), and Florida is an electrifying, expanding read.

Over a decade ago, Groff moved to her adopted home state of Florida. 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. 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.

Groff’s evocative storytelling and knife-sharp intelligence first transport the reader, then jolt 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, Groff pinpoints the moments and decisions and connections behind human pleasure and pain, hope and despair, love and fury—the moments that make us alive. Vigorous, startling, precise, and moving, Florida is a magnificent achievement.

Review Quotes

“Groff’s Sunshine State features no amusement park…Groff’s words and performance make this an irresistible listen. She is warm while matter-of-fact and gentle as she shares tales of deprivation and isolation. Her voice seems to love her protagonists just as her pen puts them through trials and torment…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


“Easily the year’s best story collection…These indelibly vivid tales read like inoculations against cynicism.”


“A humid closeness that makes every twist of fate and new character feel intimately familiar… Each tale contains Groff’s signature mixture of poetic beauty and visceral poignancy.”

Harper’s Bazaar

“The stories have the feel of autobiography, although, as in a Salvador Dali painting, their emotional disclosures are encrypted in phantasmagoria.”

New Yorker

“Groff’s desire seems to be to show—in a frequently funny, sometimes painful and always deeply sensitive way—that women and children are often stronger than we tend to think and that the Earth is more fragile than we usually allow ourselves to understand.”

San Francisco Chronicle

"[The stories] overflow with imagery so powerfully tangible that it’s hard to believe the humidity and rainstorms aren’t truly escaping from the page to touch you.”

Chicago Review of Books