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The State with the Prettiest Name

Michael Hofmann: ‘Florida’, 24 May 2018

by Lauren Groff.
Heinemann, 275 pp., £14.99, June 2018, 978 1 78515 188 0
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... institute, and before that a railway-and-turpentine camp glued to a pine swamp in Florida,’ as Lauren Groff and I (separately) have done, perhaps a dozen years ago in her case, more than two dozen now in mine. For love and family in her case; in mine, improbably and occasionally grimly, for work. It took me a while to get used to G, as I’d like ...


Christian Lorentzen: ‘American Dirt’, 20 February 2020

... ran two reviews, an astute hatchet job by Parul Sehgal and a hand-wringing rave by the novelist Lauren Groff, who said she’d felt chilled ‘to the marrow’ but doubted her own qualifications, as a white woman, to review the book. (In a quote from an earlier draft, mistakenly tweeted from a Times account, ...

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