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Are You Getting Any Work Done with Jami Attenberg: Lauren Groff

This series will bring friends of Loyalty Bookstores and Jami Attenberg, author and creator of #1000WordsofSummer, together through this pandemic madness to talk writing and coping.

Join us for Jami chatting with Lauren Groff! Groff is a novelist and short story writer and we're looking forward to her discussing writing (or not!) and keeping moving during, ya know, a pandemic. 

This event is free (or you can get a book sent to you!), but RSVP below to get the secure link to the event emailed to you. 

ABOUT LAUREN GROFF

Lauren Groff is the New York Times bestselling author of three novels, The Monsters of TempletonArcadia, and Fates and Furies, and the celebrated short story collection Delicate Edible Birds. She has won the PEN/O. Henry Award, and been a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, along with several Best American Short Stories anthologies, and she was named one of Granta's 2017 Best Young American Novelists. She lives in Gainesville, Florida, with her husband and sons.

ABOUT LAUREN'S LATEST BOOK: FLORIDA

The universally-acclaimed return of the New York Times bestselling author of Fates and Furies.

In Lauren Groff's Floridathe hot sun shines, but a wild darkness lurks. Florida is a "superlative" book (Boston Globe), "gorgeously weird and limber" (New Yorker), "frequently funny" (San Francisco Chronicle), "brooding, inventive and often moving" (NPR Fresh Air) -- as Groff is recognized as "Florida's unofficial poet laureate, as Joan Didion was for California." (Washington Post)

"Groff's gifts as a writer just keep soaring higher and higher." - NPR's Fresh Air

In her thrilling new book, Lauren Groff brings the reader into a physical world that is at once domestic and wild--a place where the hazards of the natural world lie waiting to pounce, yet the greatest threats and mysteries are still of an emotional, psychological nature. A family retreat can be derailed by a prowling panther, or by a sexual secret. Among those navigating this place 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.

ABOUT JAMI ATTENBERG

JAMI ATTENBERG is the New York Times best-selling author of seven books of fiction, including The Middlesteins and All Grown Up. She has contributed essays to the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Sunday Times, and Longreads, among other publications. She lives in New Orleans.

ABOUT HER LATEST BOOK: ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS

From critically acclaimed New York Times best-selling author Jami Attenberg comes a novel of family secrets: think the drama of Big Little Lies set in the heat of a New Orleans summer

"If I know why they are the way they are, then maybe I can learn why I am the way I am," says Alex Tuchman of her parents. Now that her father is on his deathbed, Alex--a strong-headed lawyer, devoted mother, and loving sister--feels she can finally unearth the secrets of who Victor is and what he did over the course of his life and career. (A power-hungry real estate developer, he is, by all accounts, a bad man.) She travels to New Orleans to be with her family, but mostly to interrogate her tightlipped mother, Barbra.

As Barbra fends off Alex's unrelenting questions, she reflects on her tumultuous life with Victor. Meanwhile Gary, Alex's brother, is incommunicado, trying to get his movie career off the ground in Los Angeles. And Gary's wife, Twyla, is having a nervous breakdown, buying up all the lipstick in drug stores around New Orleans and bursting into crying fits. Dysfunction is at its peak. As each family member grapples with Victor's history, they must figure out a way to move forward--with one another, for themselves, and for the sake of their children.

ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS is a timely, piercing exploration of what it means to be caught in the web of a toxic man who abused his power; it shows how those webs can tangle a family for generations and what it takes to--maybe, hopefully--break free. With her signature "sparkling prose" ( Marie Claire) and incisive wit, Jami Attenberg deftly explores one of the most important subjects of our age.

Event date: 
Monday, May 18, 2020 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Washington, DC 20011
Florida Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594634529
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - May 21st, 2019

All This Could Be Yours Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780544824256
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 22nd, 2019