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Ladies Lunch and Literacy with Lauren Groff

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Lauren Groff was the first author presented to Ladies, Lunch & Literacy in 2008 with her debut title, The Monsters of Templeton, which went on to be shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers. Her subsequent novels have won the hearts of readers and critics alike, and appeared on bestseller lists across the country and around the world.

Ladies, Lunch & Literacy is delighted to welcome back this award-winning and New York Times bestselling author to celebrate her new book, Florida. We know how much you loved her previous work and we know that you will be thrilled with her new short story collection, Florida.

We invite all genders of book lovers to join us for lunch at Petros in Manhattan Beach with Lauren, greet friends, converse, and discover our new non-profit literacy partner, Ready, Set, Read!

Registration and informal discussions with our author begins at 11:30am. Lunch and our formal program begin promptly at noon. Reservations are required and limited.

Event Date: 
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 11:30am
Petros Manhattan Beach
451 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Florida Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594634512
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - June 5th, 2018

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.