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Lauren Groff

National Book Award finalist and bestselling author of Fates and Furies

  • About Lauren Groff

    Lauren Groff is the New York Times bestselling author of three novels, The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, and Fates and Furies, as well as the celebrated short-story collection Delicate Edible Birds. She graduated from Amherst College and has an MFA in fiction from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Her latest book, Florida, is a collection of interwoven short stories all centered around her adopted home state of Florida that explore motherhood and family in Groff’s signature literary voice.

    In her lectures, Groff captivates audiences with thoughtful reflections on the writing craft and discussion of the influences and inspiration behind her bestselling works. 

    Fates and Furies was a New York Times bestseller, finalist for the National Book Award, and Amazon’s #1 Best Book of the Year in 2015. It is an exhilarating novel about marriage, creativity, art, and perception, and has garnered tremendous critical acclaim.

    Groff’s work has appeared in a number of magazines, including The New YorkerHarper’s, and The Atlantic, and in several of the annual The Best American Short Stories anthologies. Groff’s fiction has won the Paul Bowles Prize for Fiction, the Medici Book Club Prize, the PEN/O. Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize, and has been shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers and a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize. She lives in Gainsville, Florida with her husband and two sons.

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    Fates and Furies


    The Monsters of Templeton

    Delicate Edible Birds

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  • Praise for Lauren Groff

    Praise for Florida

    Exquisite… [Florida] will haunt you long after the final page.

    Paste Magazine

    [A] compelling collection of short stories centered around the Sunshine State.


    A sensual, ambivalent portrait of Florida.

    BBC Culture

    Unforgettable characters and a rich portrait of humanity.


    Unstoppable prose.


    Groff fans will recognize the descriptive zest instantly. . . raw, danger-riddled, linguistically potent pieces. They unsettle their readers at every pass . . . A literary tour de force of precariousness set in a blistering place, a state shaped like a gun.

    Kirkus, starred review

    Well-observed, unexpected writing for fans and more.

    Library Journal

    Praise for Fates and Furies

    Renders majestic even the most familiar moments of everyday life… Groff’s writing is striking and revelatory.

    USA Today

    Audacious and gorgeous …. The result is not only deliciously voyeuristic but also wise on the simultaneous comforts and indignities of romantic partnership

    LA Times

    Sentence by sentence, this novel, like [Groff’s] others, is a thoroughbred. Measured by its narrative tricks, however, it is a Trojan horse. Groff’s story of a marriage in which neither partner truly understands the other uses a sophisticated technique to tell its simple story, subverting our expectations with a two-voice counterpoint as meaningful as it is dazzling.


    Lauren Groff rips at the seams of an outwardly perfect marriage in her enchanting novel Fates and Furies.

    Vanity Fair

    Even from her impossibly high starting point, Lauren Groff just keeps getting better and better. Fates and Furies is a clear-the-ground triumph.

    Ron Charles, The Washington Post
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