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Delicate Edible Birds: And Other Stories (edição: 2016)

de Lauren Groff (Autor)

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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 "Sir Fleeting," a Midwestern farm girl on her honeymoon in Argentina falls into lifelong lust for a French playboy. In "Blythe," an attorney who has become a stay-at-home mother takes a night class in poetry and meets another full-time mother, one whose charismatic brilliance changes everything. In "The Wife of the Dictator," that eponymous wife ("brought back . . . from [the dictator's] last visit to America") grows more desperately, menacingly isolated every day. In "Delicate Edible Birds," a group of war correspondents-a lone, high-spirited woman among them-falls sudden prey to a brutal farmer while fleeing Nazis in the French countryside. In "Lucky Chow Fun," Groff returns us to Templeton, the setting of her first book, for revelations about the darkness within even that idyllic small town. 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.… (mais)
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Título:Delicate Edible Birds: And Other Stories
Autores:Lauren Groff (Autor)
Informação:Hachette Books (2016), Edition: Illustrated, 320 pages
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I liked a lot of the stories in this well enough but for reasons I'm having trouble pinning down, I wasn't wowed by the collection. I have been generally wowed by her novels, though, and have one more to read before I have to sit around eagerly awaiting publication of the next. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
THIS. These are the kinds of stories I want to write, with the deftness and wit and command of language and form I covet. Lauren Groff is a genius, and every single one of these short stories blew my mind. ( )
  liannecollins | Apr 18, 2019 |
groff is a brilliant writer. she captures a sense of place so well that each story reads as a memoir, which is impossible. brilliant! ( )
  Rdra1962 | Aug 1, 2018 |
I enjoyed Groff's last two novels, Arcadia and Fates and Furies, so I decided to try this 2009 contemporary short story collection. Each story features a woman in a crisis situation, the result of which changes her life. In "Lucky Chow Fun," the teenage female captain of an otherwise all-male high school swim team, joins the guys for a night out at a shady Chinese restaurant where events lead her to consider the lives of the young women who live and work there. An American woman, "The Wife of the Dictator," is observed by the women in the compound as her marriage and her husband's situation alter. An attorney who has given up work to be a stay-at-home mom befriends a charismatic but rather crazy woman who she meets in a poetry class. A Midwestern farm girl on her honeymoon falls in lust with an international playboy--a lust that lasts her entire life--in "Sir Fleeting." A group of hotel guests skirt around their varied relationships, all wondering about the strange woman upstairs and the possibility of a crime in their midst in "Fugue." My favorite of the nine stories here is "Watershed," which focuses on a young widow who blames herself for her husband's accidental death. Here, Groff creates a tone of mourning that runs as an undercurrent through the entire piece, even as the narrator tells of their childhood and the years-later chance meeting that led to the return of the wife, a professional storyteller, to her small hometown and their marriage.

If you are looking for an uplifting read, this probably isn't it. Most of the stories do not end end happily, and most involve a crime, or at least a serious mistake. But Groff is a wonderful writer, and she has a talent for conveying atmosphere in subtle ways. ( )
  Cariola | Jul 31, 2017 |
Wow. I enjoyed Fates and Furies but this is a whole other beast. I love short stories as much as I do a novel. I liken these to the short stories of Patricia Highsmith but taken a step even further into the darkness. ( )
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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 "Sir Fleeting," a Midwestern farm girl on her honeymoon in Argentina falls into lifelong lust for a French playboy. In "Blythe," an attorney who has become a stay-at-home mother takes a night class in poetry and meets another full-time mother, one whose charismatic brilliance changes everything. In "The Wife of the Dictator," that eponymous wife ("brought back . . . from [the dictator's] last visit to America") grows more desperately, menacingly isolated every day. In "Delicate Edible Birds," a group of war correspondents-a lone, high-spirited woman among them-falls sudden prey to a brutal farmer while fleeing Nazis in the French countryside. In "Lucky Chow Fun," Groff returns us to Templeton, the setting of her first book, for revelations about the darkness within even that idyllic small town. 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.

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