Lauren Groff

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Lauren Groff
Lauren groff bw.jpg
Born (1978-07-23) July 23, 1978 (age 38)
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]


Groff is the author of three 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 in January 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,[9] The Washington Post,[10] and The Miami Herald.[11] Arcadia was also recognized as one of the Best Books of 2012 by The New York Times[12] The Washington Post,[13] NPR,[14] Vogue,[15] The Globe and Mail,[16] Christian Science Monitor,[17] and Kirkus Reviews.[18]

Her third novel, Fates and Furies, was released in September 2015. Fates and Furies is a portrait of at 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,[19] the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction,[20] and was featured in numerous "Best of 2015" fiction lists, including the selection by as the Best Book of 2015.[21] President Barack Obama chose it as his favorite book of 2015.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Groff is married with two children and currently lives in Gainesville, Florida. Groff's sister is the Olympic Triathlete Sarah True.[23]


Novels and collections[edit]

Short stories[edit]

  • "L. Debard and Aliette" in The Atlantic Monthly[25]
  • "Lucky Chow Fun" in Ploughshares
  • "The Ballad of Sad Ophine" in Hobart
  • "Elaborate" in Washington Square
  • "Delicate Edible Birds" in Glimmer Train[26]
  • "Above and Below" in The New Yorker[27]
  • "Amaranth* in Lucky Peach
  • "Ghosts and Empties" in "The New Yorker"[28]


  1. ^ "Groff, Lauren". Fresh Fiction. 
  2. ^ "Groff, Lauren". ploughshares. 
  3. ^ "New York Times Bestsellers". The New York Times. March 2, 2008. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Harry Potter Fans, Break Out the Tissues". Entertainment Weekly. 
  5. ^ "Orange Prize Shortlist". Orange Prize for Fiction. 
  6. ^ " Best Books of 2008". 
  7. ^ "San Francisco Chronicle Best Books of 2008". San Francisco Chronicle. August 17, 2010. 
  8. ^ Groff, Lauren (March 6, 2012). "Arcadia". Hyperion. ISBN 1-4013-4087-3. ISBN 978-1-4013-4087-2. 
  9. ^ [1]. The New York Times Sunday Book Review
  10. ^ [2] The Washington Post
  11. ^ [3] The Miami Herald
  12. ^ [4]. The New York Times
  13. ^ [5] The Washington Post
  14. ^ [6] NPR
  15. ^ [7]. Vogue
  16. ^ [8] The Globe and Mail
  17. ^ [9], Christian Science Monitor
  18. ^ [10] Kirkus Reviews
  19. ^ "National Book Award Nominees for 2015 (Fiction Category)". The New York Times. 
  20. ^ "National Book Critics Circle Award Nominees for 2015 (Fiction Category)". 
  21. ^ "Amazon Unveils the Best Books of 2015". Business Wire. 
  22. ^
  23. ^ "Sarah Groff is One Tough Bird". 
  24. ^
  25. ^ Groff, Lauren (August 2006). "L. Debard and Aliette". The Atlantic Monthly. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  26. ^ Groff, Lauren (Spring 2009). "Delicate Edible Birds". The Glimmer Train (70). Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  27. ^ Groff, Lauren (June 13, 2011). "Above and Below". The New Yorker. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  28. ^ Groff, Lauren (July 20, 2015). "Ghosts and Empties". The New Yorker. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 

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