Lauren Groff

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Lauren Groff
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Born 1978
Cooperstown, New York
Occupation novelist
Nationality  United States
Genre literary fiction

Lauren Groff (born July 23, 1978) is an American novelist and short story writer.


Groff was born and raised in Cooperstown, New York. She graduated from Amherst College and from the University of Wisconsin–Madison with an MFA in fiction.[1][2]

She is the author of two novels and a short story collection. Her first novel, The Monsters of Templeton was published by Hyperion on February 5, 2008 and debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list.[3] It was well received by Stephen King, who read it before publication and wrote an early review in Entertainment Weekly.[4] It 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.[5] [6] [7]

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.

Groff has had short stories published in the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, Five Points, and Ploughshares, and the anthologies Best New American Voices 2008, Pushcart Prize XXXII, and Best American Short Stories 2007, 2010 and 2014 editions. Many of these stories appear in her collection of short stories Delicate Edible Birds, which was released on January 27, 2009.

Her second novel, Arcadia, was released in March 2012. [8] Arcadia 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, the Washington Post, and the Miami Herald, among others. Arcadia was also recognized as one of the Best Books of 2012 by the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, Vogue Magazine, The Globe & Mail, Christian Science Monitor, and Kirkus Reviews.

Her third novel, Fates and Furies, will be published in the US on September 15, 2015.

Personal Life[edit]

Groff is married with two children and currently lives in Gainesville, Florida. Groff's sister is the Olympic Triathlete Sarah True.


Novels and Collections[edit]

Short Stories[edit]

  • "L. Debard and Aliette" in The Atlantic Monthly[9]
  • "Lucky Chow Fun" in Ploughshares
  • "The Ballad of Sad Ophine" in Hobart
  • "Elaborate" in Washington Square
  • "Delicate Edible Birds" in Glimmer Train [10]
  • "Above and Below" in The New Yorker [11]
  • "Amaranth* in Lucky Peach
  • "Ghosts and Empties" in "The New Yorker"[12]


  1. ^ "Groff, Lauren". 
  2. ^ "Groff, Lauren". ploughshares. 
  3. ^ "New York Times Bestsellers". March 2, 2008. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Harry Potter Fans, Break Out the Tissues". 
  5. ^ "Orange Prize Shortlist". Orange Prize for Fiction. 
  6. ^ " Best Books of 2008". 
  7. ^ "San Francisco Chronicle Best Books of 2008". August 17, 2010. 
  8. ^ Groff, Lauren (March 6, 2012). "Arcadia". Hyperion. ISBN 1-4013-4087-3. ISBN 978-1-4013-4087-2. 
  9. ^ Groff, Lauren (August 2006). "L. Debard and Aliette". The Atlantic Monthly. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  10. ^ Groff, Lauren (Spring 2009). "Delicate Edible Birds". The Glimmer Train (70). Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  11. ^ Groff, Lauren (June 13, 2011). "Above and Below". The New Yorker. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  12. ^ Groff, Lauren (July 20, 2014). "Ghosts and Empties". The New Yorker. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 

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