Read This Now: The Index
What if there were an army of indie booksellers enthusiastically reading and reviewing practically every new book coming out in the next year, and what if the books they were the most excited about, the books they couldn't wait to push into their customers' hands with a breathless "You've GOT to read this!" (virtually or otherwise), the ones with all the nine- and ten-star ratings were carefully curated and collected in a handy list? Well, all we can say is...KEEP READING!
Lauren Groff lifts the curtain to the side of Florida the sunburned droves of tourists trekking to man-made meccas miss. Dark and dreamy and lush stories depicting lurking dangerous natural elements unique to Florida in conjunction with dissatisfied, insecure, and flawed characters, often wives and mothers trying to find a place that makes sense for them in this world. Each story is crafted by a master storyteller with a keen eye for humanity.
Florida by Lauren Groff ($27.00*, Riverhead Books), recommended by The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC.