Lauren Groff

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Lauren Groff
Lauren groff bw.jpg
Born (1978-07-23) July 23, 1978 (age 39)
Cooperstown, New York
Occupation novelist
Nationality  United States
Genre literary fiction
Website
www.laurengroff.com

Lauren Groff (born July 23, 1978) is an American novelist and short story writer.

Biography

Groff was born and raised in Cooperstown, New York. She graduated from Amherst College and from the University of Wisconsin–Madison with a Master of Fine Arts degree in fiction.[1][2]

Career

Groff is the author of three novels and a short story collection. Her first novel, The Monsters of Templeton, was published by Hyperion on February 5, 2008 and debuted on the New York Times bestseller list.[3] It was well received by Stephen King, who read it before publication and wrote an early review in Entertainment Weekly.[4] It was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers in 2008, and was named one of the Best Books of 2008 by Amazon.com and the San Francisco Chronicle.[5][6][7]

The Monsters of Templeton is a contemporary tale about coming home to Templeton, a representation of Cooperstown, New York. It is interspersed with voices from characters drawn from the town's history as well as James Fenimore Cooper's The Pioneers, which is also set in a fictionalized Cooperstown which he also calls Templeton.

Her first collection of short stories Delicate Edible Birds, was released in January 2009. This collection featured stories Groff has had published in the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, Five Points, and Ploughshares, and the anthologies Best New American Voices 2008, Pushcart Prize XXXII, and Best American Short Stories 2007, 2010 and 2014 editions.

Her second novel, Arcadia, was released in March 2012.[8] Arcadia tells the story of the first child born in a fictional 1960s commune in upstate New York. A New York Times and Booksense Bestseller, it received favorable reviews from the New York Times Sunday Book Review,[9] The Washington Post,[10] and The Miami Herald.[11] Arcadia was also recognized as one of the Best Books of 2012 by The New York Times[12] The Washington Post,[13] NPR,[14] Vogue,[15] The Globe and Mail,[16] Christian Science Monitor,[17] and Kirkus Reviews.[18]

Her third novel, Fates and Furies, was released in September 2015 and was also a New York Times and Booksense Bestseller. Fates and Furies is a portrait of at 24-year marriage from two points of view, first the husband's and then the wife's. It was nominated for the 2015 National Book Award for Fiction,[19] the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction,[20] and was featured in numerous "Best of 2015" fiction lists, including the selection by Amazon.com as the Best Book of 2015.[21] President Barack Obama chose it as his favorite book of 2015.[22]

In 2017, she was named by Granta Magazine as one of the Best of Young American Novelists of her generation.[23] In 2018, she received a Guggenheim fellowship in Fiction.[24]

Groff's fourth book, a short story collection titled Florida, will be released June 5, 2018.

Personal life

Groff is married with two children and currently lives in Gainesville, Florida. Groff's sister is the Olympic Triathlete Sarah True.[25]

Bibliography

Novels

Short fiction

Collections

List of short stories

Title Year First published Reprinted/collected Notes
The Midnight Zone 2016 Groff, Lauren (May 23, 2016). "The Midnight Zone". The New Yorker. 92 (15): 68–73. 
  • "L. Debard and Aliette" in The Atlantic Monthly[27]
  • "Lucky Chow Fun" in Ploughshares
  • "The Ballad of Sad Ophine" in Hobart
  • "Elaborate" in Washington Square
  • "Delicate Edible Birds" in Glimmer Train[28]
  • "Above and Below" in The New Yorker[29]
  • "Amaranth* in Lucky Peach
  • "Ghosts and Empties" in "The New Yorker"[30]
  • "Flower Hunters" in "The New Yorker" [31]

References

  1. ^ "Groff, Lauren". Fresh Fiction. 
  2. ^ "Groff, Lauren". ploughshares. 
  3. ^ "New York Times Bestsellers". The New York Times. March 2, 2008. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Harry Potter Fans, Break Out the Tissues". Entertainment Weekly. 
  5. ^ "Orange Prize Shortlist". Orange Prize for Fiction. 
  6. ^ "Amazon.com Best Books of 2008". Amazon.com. 
  7. ^ "San Francisco Chronicle Best Books of 2008". San Francisco Chronicle. August 17, 2010. 
  8. ^ Groff, Lauren (March 6, 2012). "Arcadia". Hyperion. ISBN 1-4013-4087-3. ISBN 978-1-4013-4087-2. 
  9. ^ Wilwol, John (6 April 2012). "'Arcadia,' by Lauren Groff". Retrieved 11 June 2018 – via NYTimes.com. 
  10. ^ Charles, Ron (13 March 2012). "Lauren Groff's 'Arcadia': Trouble in paradise". Retrieved 11 June 2018 – via www.washingtonpost.com. 
  11. ^ [1][dead link]
  12. ^ "100 Notable Books of 2012". 27 November 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2018 – via NYTimes.com. 
  13. ^ staff, The Washington Post (16 November 2012). "The 10 best books of 2012". Retrieved 11 June 2018 – via www.washingtonpost.com. 
  14. ^ "Best Books Of 2012: The Complete List". Retrieved 11 June 2018. 
  15. ^ [2][dead link]
  16. ^ "The Globe's top 29 picks for international fiction of 2012". Retrieved 11 June 2018 – via The Globe and Mail. 
  17. ^ "10 best books of 2012 – fiction". 3 December 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2018 – via Christian Science Monitor. 
  18. ^ "Best Fiction of 2012 - Kirkus Reviews". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 11 June 2018. 
  19. ^ "National Book Award Nominees for 2015 (Fiction Category)". The New York Times. 
  20. ^ "National Book Critics Circle Award Nominees for 2015 (Fiction Category)". 
  21. ^ "Amazon Unveils the Best Books of 2015". Business Wire. 
  22. ^ "Kendrick Lamar Vs. Bruno Mars: POTUS and FLOTUS' Favorite Songs, Movies and Moments of 2015". Retrieved 11 June 2018. 
  23. ^ "Granta 139: Best of Young American Novelists 3". Granta Magazine. Retrieved 2018-04-23. 
  24. ^ Groff, Lauren (April 1, 2018). "2018 Guggenheim Fellows". Guggenheim Foundation. 
  25. ^ "Sarah Groff is One Tough Bird". TeamUSA.org. 
  26. ^ Post-Dispatch, Joe Peschel Special to the. "Lauren Groff offers stunning view of a long marriage". Retrieved 11 June 2018. 
  27. ^ Groff, Lauren (August 2006). "L. Debard and Aliette". The Atlantic Monthly. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  28. ^ Groff, Lauren (Spring 2009). "Delicate Edible Birds". The Glimmer Train (70). Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  29. ^ Groff, Lauren (June 13, 2011). "Above and Below". The New Yorker. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  30. ^ Groff, Lauren (July 20, 2015). "Ghosts and Empties". The New Yorker. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  31. ^ Groff, Lauren (November 21, 2016). "Flowers Hunter". The New Yorker. Retrieved 14 November 2016. 

External links

  • Official Website
  • Coverage of Groff's March 2008 appearance with author Stephen King in Sarasota.
  • New York Times Book Review of The Monsters of Templeton
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