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Last Reviewed on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 448

Lauren Groff’s Florida is a collection of eleven short stories which mostly take place in the state of Florida. The themes of motherhood, womanhood and reality tie them together.

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The first story, “Ghosts and Empties,” is about a mother who goes for a walk in her Florida neighborhood so that she doesn’t become the mother that yells at her kids. She leaves the bedtime routine to her husband, who she notes “does not yell.” As she walks, she looks in her neighbors' windows, as she does every night. She feels she has come to know them, and it is depressing, in a way. She sees and feels their sadness as a reflection of her own.

In “Dogs Go Wolf,” two sisters are left in a cabin without food, water, or electricity on a fishing island. The story details their attempt at survival despite an incoming storm, an attempt which parallels the one they encounter in their daily life.

In “Above and Below,” a student is living out of her car after losing her graduate school funding and accumulating debt. She and her boyfriend have broken up, and she finds herself essentially homeless. She is reading Middlemarch until it is stolen. Even though she is no longer a student, she returns, hoping to be noticed, wondering if her family will look for her.

“At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners” is about a young boy, Jude, who lives with his father and loves books. His father is obsessed with snakes, and Jude’s mother has up and left them. Later, stuck in a canoe and deaf, Jude is visited by the spirit of his father.

"The Midnight Zone” begins with a panther moving around a...

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