The Library is delighted to start this Author Series with Gainesville’s own Lauren Groff on Sat., Jan. 9th at 2:30 PM at Headquarters. In an interview with People Magazine, President Obama said it's his favorite book of 2015. The president isn't alone in his love of Groff's book. Her third novel has landed on several "best books of year" list. Fates and Furies, burst onto the literary scene with the cover of the Times Sunday Book Review, longlisted for the National Book Award, and chosen for NPR’s Morning Edition Book Club.
The New York Times Book Review wrote “Lauren Groff is a writer of rare gifts, and Fates and Furies is an unabashedly ambitious novel that delivers – with comedy, tragedy, well-deployed erudition and unmistakable glimmers of brilliance throughout.”
Simply told, Fates and Furies is a story of a marriage. But there’s nothing simple about how this story is told. Again we see in Groff’s writing a mastery of literary allusions both interesting and accessible. From the title of the book (a reference to Greek mythology) to brief but beautifully written references, Groff uses allusions that can be understood and add value even if you may not know their exact meaning.
Groff is the author of the novel The Monsters of Templeton, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers, Delicate Edible Birds, a collection of stories, and Arcadia, a New York Times Notable Book, winner of the Medici Book Club Prize, and finalist for the L.A. Times Book Award, #8 on the NYTimes bestseller list for hardcover fiction.
This talk is part of the series Imagining Florida: The Place We Call Home, co-sponsored by Santa Fe College, the Alachua County Library District, the Matheson History Museum, the University of Florida Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, and the University of Florida Smathers Libraries. Find out more about this series on Facebook.
All of her books (linked below to the catalog) and a book club kit are available at your Library.