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Delicate Edible Birds: And Other Stories Hardcover – Bargain Price, January 27, 2009
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My favorite stories in this volume included Lucky Chow Fun, in which a small town ripped apart by a sex scandal is chronicled by a high school girl; Majorette, which traces the life of an under-appreciated young woman as she uses baton twirling to aid her growth into a capable woman who raises a confident daughter; and Watershed, the story of a reckless love affair that ends in tragedy. All of the stories in this volume are as different and rich as these three, and they each leave you wishing for just a little bit longer glimpse into these women's lives.
I would recommend this volume of short stories to anyone who enjoys reading stories about strong women in the face of adversity. These stories are rich and memorable. I can't wait to see what is next from the obviously talented Groff.
Anyway, I hadn't realized the book was a compilation of stories, something normally unappealing to me, and didn't begin reading it until I was finished with the others. But the first few pages in I was already gripped with intrigue, flipping pages like a madwoman. I'm jealous of Groff's prose, how she wrangles words across the page. It's commanding yet subtle. Her stories are devastating, beautiful, cold, heartfelt, all, depending on the page.
I'll pick up "Monsters" on my next library trip and read anything else Groff writes.
I hate when short stories leave you hanging with no ending. I feel like, well why did I read that? I learned nothing. Not with this book. All the stories are different and unique but they all have a point and really hit you. They are mostly sexual in nature. Not to say pornographic by any nature but they do revolve around sex or a relationship so if that is not your cup of tea then I would avoid, but if not then pick this one up, it is wonderful. If you grab it off the shelf to have a look, don't start with the first story, it is actually one of my least favorites. Maybye start with the second.
Not all of the stories here are bad or boring: "Lucky Chow Fun" was interesting and written with a firm, insightful finger on the pulse of small town life, "L. DeBard and Aliette" was entertaining though painfully predictable, and "Delicate Edible Birds" contains such finely crafted, expertly written characters almost to redeem the tedious and meandering "Fugue" that precedes it. Many of the stories are completely forgettable, unfortunately, including "Watershed," "Sir Fleeting," and "Blythe," stories that contained strong essential elements but that somehow failed in execution.
Groff is obviously a talented writer--I just don't believe this collection succeeds in representing all that she is, by the merit of her stronger stories alone, clearly capable of.
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I can't say enough how much I love Lauren's writing or what a fine young writer she is in the tradition of Carver and Hemmingway. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David Raymer
I did not like the book but the service and quality were accuratePublished 2 months ago by janice welchert
I discovered Lauren Groff in the New Yorker with her short story "Ghosts and Empties". After reading it I thought, that is a perfect short story, I must find more of her... Read morePublished 2 months ago by DK the DJ
After reading Fates and Furies by this author I lamented over lack of Hemmingway style. And here it is.! She is very versatile. She can write any style. I'm a fan of hers for life. Read morePublished 5 months ago by j.dunk
To be fair I did not finish this book. The stories were a bit too dark for my taste.Published 5 months ago by Caligirl
An interesting read. Some of the stories I liked more than others. Some were just plain weird! Which is good, or bad... depending.Published 6 months ago by K I. Beard
I love Lauren Groff. I hate driving. I bought this audio book and drove a round trip of 10 hours, and enjoyed every last minute of the journey, thanks to this book! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Vi