Saturday, March 31, 2018
Groff's brand new book of short stories is excellent in every way. Her characters are delicately drawn portraits of people in unusual circumstances. "The Midnight Zone" tells of a woman who insists her spouse leave her and their two young children at a remote cabin, with no car, despite a panther sighting in the area, and despite her self-described lack of competence. Her descriptions of injury and treatment are wickedly funny.
The account of the hurricane in "Eyewall" is intense and otherworldly, and the young woman struggling to find out who she is and where she belongs, in the story "Above and Below," is maybe the best of them. All of the stories in this collection shine.