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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,053 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lauren Groff Narrator: Susan Ericksen Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Lauren Groff presents 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 prey to a brutal farmer while fleeing Nazis in the French countryside. And in "Lucky Chow Fun," Groff returns 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 occur 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 that 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 twirl batons, 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 will further Groff's growing reputation as one of the foremost talents of her generation. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • Groff's skill makes commonplace occurrences seem compelling. Kirkus
  • “Groff’s prose is lovely, and when she nails a story—like the title story about journalists fleeing Nazi-occupied Paris—the results are sublime.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Vivid tales from a gifted young writer who continues to surprise.”


  • “Groff’s skill makes commonplace occurrences seem compelling.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Irmak Ertuna-howison | 2/19/2014

    " a great collection of (unminimalist) stories that contain whole lives and generations while touching on the different facets of womanhood. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rachel Whaley | 2/17/2014

    " This joins my other favorite short stories book "The Interpreter of Maladies" that I read this year. Beautifully written, totally memorable plots and settings, and wonderfully developed, complicated, layered female characters. I hadn't heard of Groff before just randomly picking this book up in the library, but I should have. Outstanding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kimberly | 2/11/2014

    " The short story format suits Groff well. I found her debut, The Monsters of Templeton, to be long and rambly throughout the book until the very end in which she quickly wrapped everything up without a satisfactory means of getting there. I had no such problems with Delicate Edible Birds. Nearly every story was unique and engaging. I wasn't confused or left with the feeling that there should have been more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by John | 2/9/2014

    " A nice collection of short stories shows Groff really stretching and sometimes her aim exceeds her grasp. the collection is front-loaded with the best work, though even the failures have something to recommend them. We get the stories of women across the twentieth century, different situations and different obstacles, told in different points-of-view and with markedly different tones. I liked this better than better-regarded short story collections by Alice Munro or Dan Chaon, both for the variety of the stories and the empathy she extracts for her characters. I will definitely chase down Groff's other work. "

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