Undercover Magic in Lauren Groff's Florida

There is a deliberate magic drawn from the ordinary in these eleven short stories by Lauren Groff. Florida presents the sunshine state to her audience as if it were something dragged from the swamps, glistening and stinking of salt and violence, yet beautiful in its indifference. Something that prowls and blooms and learns to bear the savagery of heat.

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Reading Roundup with the MSB Staff

You've seen your booksellers around Main Street. Although they don't don a uniform, you can recognize them by the dazed expressions they wear. It is the consequence of living somewhere between the real world and the book world. This is a fuzzy place where Holden Caulfield sometimes sips coffee in Summit and Elizabeth Bennett strolls through Fisher Farm, a hazy enclave informed by whatever book your bookseller is currently reading. Here's a snapshot of their bookshelves and a peak at the half-world they currently inhabit.

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