Last Updated on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 195
Florida is a collection of short stories by Lauren Groff. Many of the stories are about survival. In “Dogs Go Wolf” there are sister left to survive on an abandoned island. In another story “The Midnight Zone,” a mother is near death after getting hit in the head. She relies on her sons and reading to help her survive. Most of the stories are set in Florida and highlight the natural life of the area. Groff fills each story with accounts of alligators, snakes, panthers, and insects. These dreary and swampy depictions lead to ghost stories. The story “Eyewall” describes a woman’s encounters with many ghosts from her past as she survives a hurricane. In addition to survival and the natural world, Groff also subtly tackles feminist topics. Her stories are of motherhood, sisters, and women survivors. The stories rarely highlight men and they are most often shown as secondary characters. For example, in “Eyewall” a male neighbor tries to help, however, she refuses to move and watches as the storm wipes him away. The stories border dystopian fiction as the plots seem larger than life. However, the stories remain relatable in their melancholy.