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Lauren Groff    

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.

Groff 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. It was well received by Stephen King, who read it before publication and wrote an early review in Entertainment Weekly.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.

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. 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. Arcadia was also recognized as one of the Best Books of 2012 by The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Vogue, The Globe and Mail, Christian Science Monitor, and Kirkus Reviews.

Her third novel, Fates and Furies, was released in September 2015. Fates and Furies is a portrait of at 24 year marriage as told from the point of view of the husband first, followed by his wife. It was nominated for the 2015 National Book Award for Fiction.

Groff is married with two children and currently lives in Gainesville, Florida.


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