Lauren Groff

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Lauren Groff
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Born (1978-07-23) July 23, 1978 (age 43)
Cooperstown, New York, U.S.
EducationAmherst College (BA)
University of Wisconsin–Madison (MFA)
GenreLiterary fiction
RelativesSarah True (sister)

Lauren Groff (born July 23, 1978) is an American novelist and short story writer. She has written four novels and two short story collections, including Fates and Furies (2015), Florida (2018), and Matrix.

Early life and education[edit]

Groff was born and raised in Cooperstown, New York.[1] She graduated from Amherst College and from the University of Wisconsin–Madison with a Master of Fine Arts degree in fiction.[2][3]


Groff's first novel, The Monsters of Templeton, was published by Hyperion on February 5, 2008 and debuted on the New York Times bestseller list.[4] It was well received by Stephen King, who read it before publication and wrote an early review in Entertainment Weekly.[5] The novel was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers in 2008, and was named one of the Best Books of 2008 by and the San Francisco Chronicle.[6][7][8]

The Monsters of Templeton is a contemporary tale about coming home to Templeton, a representation of Cooperstown, New York. It is interspersed with voices from characters drawn from the town's history as well as James Fenimore Cooper's The Pioneers, which is also set in a fictionalized Cooperstown which he also calls Templeton.

Her first collection of short stories Delicate Edible Birds, was released in January 2009. It featured stories Groff published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Five Points, Ploughshares, and the anthologies Best New American Voices 2008, Pushcart Prize XXXII, and Best American Short Stories 2007, 2010 and 2014 editions.

Her second novel, Arcadia, was released in March 2012[9] and tells the story of the first child born in a fictional 1960s commune in upstate New York. A New York Times and Booksense bestseller, it received favorable reviews from the New York Times Sunday Book Review,[10] The Washington Post,[11] and The Miami Herald.[12] The novel was recognized as one of the Best Books of 2012 by The New York Times[13] The Washington Post,[14] NPR,[15] Vogue,[16] The Globe and Mail,[17] Christian Science Monitor,[18] BookPage and Kirkus Reviews.[19]

Her third novel, Fates and Furies, was released in September 2015 and was also a New York Times and Booksense bestseller. Fates and Furies is a portrait of a 24-year marriage from two points of view, first the husband's and then the wife's. It was nominated for the 2015 National Book Award for Fiction,[20] the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction,[21] and was featured in numerous "Best of 2015" fiction lists, including the selection by as the Best Book of 2015.[22] President Barack Obama chose it as his favorite book of 2015.[23][1]

In 2017, she was named by Granta Magazine as one of the Best of Young American Novelists of her generation.[24] In 2018, she received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Fiction.[25]

Groff's fifth book, a short story collection titled Florida, was released in June 2018. Florida was the winner of The Story Prize for short story collections published in 2018.[26] It was also a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction.[27] The New Yorker described Florida as, "the feel of autobiography, although, as in a Salvador Dali painting, their emotional disclosures are encrypted in phantasmagoria."[28] The Guardian calls Groff's storytelling "a heroic pushback against the way we live now, against waste, against the artificial environments in which we find ourselves maintained by corporations, but equally against the pressures on women to be flawless, effortlessly excellent mothers, wives, sisters, lovers, friends, within this dire state of affairs."[29]

Groff's fourth novel, Matrix, was released in September 2021. Matrix is about a "seventeen-year-old Marie de France... sent to England to be the new prioress of an impoverished abbey, its nuns on the brink of starvation and beset by disease."[30] The Observer described it as "a strange and poetic piece of historical fiction set in a dreamlike abbey, the fictional biography of a 12th-century mystic."[31] Matrix was shortlisted for the 2021 National Book Award for Fiction.[32] It has also been shortlisted for the 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.[33]

Personal life[edit]

Groff is married with two children and lives in Gainesville, Florida.[1] Groff's sister is the Olympic triathlete Sarah True.[34]



  • The Monsters of Templeton (William Heinemann, 2008, ISBN 0434017841)
  • Arcadia (Hachette, 2012, ISBN 1401340873)
  • Fates and Furies (William Heinemann, 2015, ISBN 1785150146)[35]
  • Matrix (William Heinemann, 2021, ISBN 9781785151903)[36][31]

Short fiction[edit]


List of short stories[edit]

Title Year First published Reprinted/collected Notes
The Midnight Zone 2016 The New Yorker [37]
Birdie 2020 The Atlantic [38]
L. Debard and Aliette 2011 The Atlantic [39]
Lucky Chow Fun 2006 Ploughshares Delicate Edible Birds and Other Stories
The Ballad of Sad Ophine Hobart
Elaborate Washington Square
Delicate Edible Birds 2009 Glimmer Train [40]
Above and Below 2011 The New Yorker [41]
Amaranth 2013 Lucky Peach
Ghosts and Empties 2015 The New Yorker [42]
Flower Hunters 2016 The New Yorker [43]
Boca Raton 2018 Amazon Original Stories [44]
Brawler 2019 The New Yorker [45]
The Wind 2021 The New Yorker [46]


  1. ^ a b c "Lauren Groff: 'I often get very lonely because my job is very lonely'". the Guardian. 2021-09-11. Retrieved 2021-09-27.
  2. ^ "Groff, Lauren". Fresh Fiction.
  3. ^ "Groff, Lauren". ploughshares.
  4. ^ "New York Times Bestsellers". The New York Times. March 2, 2008. Retrieved May 7, 2010.
  5. ^ "Harry Potter Fans, Break Out the Tissues". Entertainment Weekly.
  6. ^ "Orange Prize Shortlist". Orange Prize for Fiction.
  7. ^ " Best Books of 2008".
  8. ^ "San Francisco Chronicle Best Books of 2008". San Francisco Chronicle. August 17, 2010.
  9. ^ Groff, Lauren (March 6, 2012). Arcadia. Hyperion. ISBN 978-1-4013-4087-2. Archived from the original on January 17, 2012. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  10. ^ Wilwol, John (6 April 2012). "'Arcadia,' by Lauren Groff". Retrieved 11 June 2018 – via
  11. ^ Charles, Ron (13 March 2012). "Lauren Groff's 'Arcadia': Trouble in paradise". Retrieved 11 June 2018 – via
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2012-04-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "100 Notable Books of 2012". 27 November 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2018 – via
  14. ^ staff, The Washington Post (16 November 2012). "The 10 best books of 2012". Retrieved 11 June 2018 – via
  15. ^ "Best Books Of 2012: The Complete List". Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-29. Retrieved 2013-02-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ "The Globe's top 29 picks for international fiction of 2012". Retrieved 11 June 2018 – via The Globe and Mail.
  18. ^ "10 best books of 2012 – fiction". 3 December 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2018 – via Christian Science Monitor.
  19. ^ "Best Fiction of 2012 - Kirkus Reviews". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  20. ^ "National Book Award Nominees for 2015 (Fiction Category)". The New York Times.
  21. ^ "National Book Critics Circle Award Nominees for 2015 (Fiction Category)".
  22. ^ "Amazon Unveils the Best Books of 2015". Business Wire.
  23. ^ "Kendrick Lamar Vs. Bruno Mars: POTUS and FLOTUS' Favorite Songs, Movies and Moments of 2015". Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  24. ^ "Granta 139: Best of Young American Novelists 3". Granta Magazine. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  25. ^ Groff, Lauren (April 1, 2018). "2018 Guggenheim Fellows". Guggenheim Foundation.
  26. ^ "Lauren Groff's 'Florida' wins $20,000 Story Prize".
  27. ^ "The 2018 National Book Award finalists are in. Here's the full list". Vox. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  28. ^ Waldman, Katy. "Lauren Groff's Stunning New Collection, "Florida," Unfolds "in an Eden of Dangerous Things"". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  29. ^ Elkin, Lauren (2018-06-14). "Florida by Lauren Groff review – rage and refusal as Earth reaps the whirlwind". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  30. ^ "About Matrix". Penguin Random House. Retrieved April 23, 2021.
  31. ^ a b "Matrix by Lauren Groff review – thrilling trip into the mystic". The Observer. 2021-09-27. Retrieved 2021-09-27.
  32. ^ "National Book Awards 2021 shortlists announced". Books+Publishing. 2021-10-06. Retrieved 2021-10-10.
  33. ^ "2022 Winners". American Library Association. Retrieved November 16, 2021.
  34. ^ "Sarah Groff is One Tough Bird".
  35. ^ Post-Dispatch, Joe Peschel Special to the. "Lauren Groff offers stunning view of a long marriage". Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  36. ^ Puckett-Pope, Lauren (2021-04-01). "An Exclusive First Look at Lauren Groff's 'Matrix'". ELLE. Retrieved 2021-07-15.
  37. ^ Groff, Lauren (May 23, 2016). "The Midnight Zone". The New Yorker. 92 (15): 68–73.
  38. ^ Lauren Groff, January 14, 2020, The Atlantic, Birdie: A Short Story, Retrieved January 15, 2020
  39. ^ Groff, Lauren (2006-08-01). "L. DeBard and Aliette". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  40. ^ Groff, Lauren (Spring 2009). "Delicate Edible Birds". The Glimmer Train (70). Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2011.
  41. ^ Groff, Lauren. "Above And Below". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  42. ^ Groff, Lauren. "Ghosts and Empties". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  43. ^ Groff, Lauren. "Flower Hunters". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  44. ^ Groff, Lauren. "Boca Raton (Warmer collection)". Amazon. Retrieved 2021-10-24.
  45. ^ Groff, Lauren. "Brawler". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2021-02-19.
  46. ^ Groff, Lauren. "The Wind". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2021-02-01.

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