Delicate Edible Birds

Delicate Edible Birds

And Other Stories

By Lauren Groff; Susan Ericksen (Read by)

Tantor Media Inc, Compact Disc, 9781400140701

Publication Date: February 2009

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.

About the Author
Lauren Groff was born in Cooperstown, New York, which is the model for "Templeton," her novel's setting. Groff's short stories have appeared in publications including "The Atlantic Monthly," "Ploughshares" and "The Best American Short Stories" and "Pushcart Prize" anthologies. She lives in Gainesville, Florida.

Susan Ericksen lives on the East Coast, where she performs on stage and on television. An Audie Award and "AudioFile" Earphones Award winner, she has recorded many audiobooks.

Praise For Delicate Edible Birds

"Groff's skill makes commonplace occurrences seem compelling." ---Kirkus