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First Look: Florida
Book Reviews, First Look

First Look: Florida

Storms, snakes, sinkholes, and secrets: In Lauren Groff’s Florida, the hot sun shines, but a wild darkness lurks. There are two sides to every story—eleven stories, in this case. Our First Look Club reviewers Kai and Jed have different takes on these […]

First Look Club: Jed reviews Florida
Book Reviews, First Look

First Look Club: Jed reviews Florida

Reviewed by Jed Cruz FLORIDA By Lauren Groff 288 pp. Riverhead Books. Florida opens with a nameless woman going for a nighttime jog as a constant monologue goes on in her head. She thinks about her family, and her neighborhood, […]

First Look Club: Kai reviews Florida
Book Reviews, First Look

First Look Club: Kai reviews Florida

Reviewed by Kai Jimenez FLORIDA By Lauren Groff 288 pp. Riverhead Books. We leave so much of ourselves in the places we visit, and most especially in the places we inhabit. Places hold so many stories left by transients like […]

First Look Club: Jed reviews Rainbirds
Book Reviews, First Look

First Look Club: Jed reviews Rainbirds

Reviewed by Jed Cruz RAINBIRDS By Clarissa Goenawan 336 pp. Soho Press. When protagonist Ren Ishida walks into a police station in the opening pages of Rainbirds to inquire about the circumstances surrounding the murder of his older sister, it […]