My first introduction to Lauren Groff was a positive experience. I've read many a short story collection but this selection is one of the best I can recall in recent times.
The writing throughout is very effective and the author's descriptions of the Florida environment in particular are excellent.
Most of the stories feature females who are for one reason or another without a male and the numerous non-human threats.
Snakes, panthers, mosquitoes, hurricanes, sinkholes are all prominent resulting in desperate and bleak outlooks for the protagonists and how their mindsets are thrust into a depressive and hopeless state.
Despite the bleak and melancholic themes I did not feel susceptible to misery or a reduced reading experience.
A solid 4 stars but is it an NBA winner? I still have 7 to read in the fiction category so probably not.
This is a collection of compelling short stories, most of them set in Florida and the protagonists are all women. Most of them have children, husbands (who are dead, distant, or have left), but they are all lonely and are facing a difficult moment in their lives. The themes of the stories rage from family to friendship, from loneliness to depression. It seems that in every story there is danger and darkness, that something bad is about to happen (mostly snakes and storms). The author's writing is beautiful and insightful, but this is not a light read as most of the stories are unsettling and hard to get through so proceed with caution.