Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies is the book of the moment, a smart and compelling he said/she said that’s a lot closer to The Goldfinch than Gone Girl. Check out “A Bacon Guide to the Big Fall Novels” for a preview. Even better, you can meet Lauren this weekend at the Southern Festival!
She answered a few questions on the way in to Nashville…
What do you like to do on a rainy Saturday?
I love to play checkers with my children, read books, and daydream.
What household chore do you secretly enjoy?
Is childhood or adulthood more fun, and why?
Adulthood is far more fun; I’m far less confused.
What was your favorite book as a child?
Anne of Green Gables
Did you ever read books you weren’t supposed to?
I didn’t know I wasn’t supposed to read the Clan of the Cave Bear books.
How old were you when you decided to be a writer?
12 or so
What is the first story you wrote, and at what age?
I wrote a story in 8th grade that made me understand I loved to write stories.
Who are some of your favorite authors (no more than 3)?
George Eliot, James Salter, Marilynne Robinson
What are your some of your favorite books (no more than 3)?
Middlemarch, Paradise Lost, Light Years
Where do you live, and what do you like most about it?
Gainesville, Florida. I love the outdoors here.
What is your favorite hobby?
Tell us about your pet…
I have two small children, don’t know if that counts.
Do you love games, or not so much? Any game you especially love or hate?
I’m too competitive for games.
What did you learn in college, if anything?
I went to a small liberal-arts college; I learned how to think, which is arguably far more important than any other skill you could learn in college.
Who or what makes you want to scream?
Some things I should probably keep quiet.
What brings you contentment?
I don’t know what contentment is. But I love watching my children sleep.
What do you worry about?
Climate change, mostly
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Opportunities to meet Lauren and hear her speak include:
Women’s National Book Association presents Coffee with Authors
Lauren Acampora, Lauren Groff, Ron Rash, Hester Young
Saturday, October 10, 9:30-11:00 am
Auditorium, Nashville Public Library
Fates and Furies: A Novel
Saturday, October 10, 3:00-4:00 pm
Room 31, Legislative Plaza
My best friend at boarding school was naturally smart. It would drive me crazy to see her staying up late at night reading her favorite Clan of the Cave Bear books. All the while, I was wide awake cramming for a test or exam that awaited us both the next morning. Of course, she went on to write for the International Herald Tribune and Fortune magazine. Perhaps the secret to smart writing lies with the cave bears?! Grrrrr…
Laughing!! Thanks, Ashley!! xo