In Brief Book Club: "Delicate Edible Birds" by Lauren Groff

A club to explore a collection of short stories from writers new and established.

This month's book club pick is Delicate Edible Birds by Lauren Groff.

From Lauren Groff, author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling novel Fates and Furies, comes Delicate Edible Birds, one of the most striking short fiction debuts in years. Here are nine stories of astonishing insight and variety, each revealing a resonant drama within the life of a twentieth-century American woman.

In some of these stories, enormous changes happen in an instant. In others, transformations occur across a lifetime--or several lifetimes.

Throughout the collection, Groff displays particular and vivid preoccupations. Crime is a motif--sex crimes, a possible murder, crimes of the heart. Love troubles recur; they're in every story--love in alcoholism, in adultery, in a flood, even in the great flu epidemic of 1918. Some of the love has depths, which are understood too late; some of the love is shallow, and also understood too late. And mastery is a theme--Groff's women swim and baton twirl, become poets, or try and try again to achieve the inner strength to exercise personal freedom.

Overall, these stories announce a notable new literary master. Dazzlingly original and confident, Delicate Edible Birds further solidifies Groff's reputation as one of the foremost talents of her generation.


Delicate Edible Birds is wonderfully imaginative, subtle and precise, brimming over with brave and fascinating women. . . . A dazzling collection to make all those readers who are wary of short stories think again."-- newbooks 



Lauren Groff is the author of The Monsters of Templeton, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers; Arcadia, a New York Times Notable Book, winner of the Medici Book Club Prize, and finalist for the L.A. Times Book Award; and Fates and Furies, a National Book Award finalist. Her writing has appeared in The New YorkerThe Atlantic MonthlyHarper'sTin House, One Story, McSweeney's, and Ploughshares, and in the anthologies 100 Years of the Best American Short StoriesThe Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small PressesPEN/OHenry Prize Stories, and three editions of The Best American Short Stories. She lives in Gainesville, Florida, with her husband and two sons.

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Event date: 
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60647
Delicate Edible Birds: And Other Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316317771
Availability: Out of stock, usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hachette Books - August 30th, 2016