I like all stories, but there is something that stops me at buying short story anthologies. Having said that - David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas felt more like a collection of short stories than a novel. And after reading this book, I can't help but wonder where all other other short story compendiums are? If Florida was not by the acclaimed new literature it girl - Lauren Groff - would I have noticed it? Probably not.
I enjoyed all but one of these stories, and the theme of Florida was ever present without feeling forced. Ms Groff is an exceptional writer and her words and sentences are beautiful and leave you wanting more. The really lovely thing about this book of short stories is bedtime reading consisted of indulging in one entire story each night, resulting in a sense of completion before turning off the light. Utter bliss.
I look forward to her next writing in whichever form.
Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me a complimentary e-copy of Florida in exchange for my honest review.