Is there anything more deliciously indulgent than discovering a new-to-you-writer?
I just love when this happens. Then I become a ravenous fangirl, wanting to consume everything the person has written, adding their blog to my ne'er to fall below 1000+ again exploding Google Reader.
In this case, I'm speaking of author Lauren Groff. I've been reading her short story collection, Delicate Edible Birds, this week. It was the title alone that made me choose this incredible ensemble of nine stories (many previously published in literary journals, including my favorite, Glimmer Train) from the library's New Books shelf.
These are the type of stories where, immediately after finishing one, you think, "Damn, that was good. Definitely my favorite one in this book." That happened with "Majorette," a scene of which occurs at Penn State. (We are!) It happened again with "Blythe" (a particular favorite of mine, given its Philadelphia area setting). And a third time, with "Watershed," and again this morning, with "Sir Fleeting." It's my intent to read the two remaining stories today, probably after going back-to-school-supplies-and-grocery-shopping.
In other bookish updates for this week's Salon, I've been listening to Jennifer Weiner's Little Earthquakes on audio. Dare I say ... I am liking this so much more than I thought I would. I'm not a big chick-lit kind of gal, but every so often you find yourself in need of a light read, and Jennifer Weiner is the go-to-girl for such.
I have way too many library books, more than my night table can accommodate. I'm thinking Tomato Girl by Jayne Pupek may be my next read after Delicate Edible Birds, but John Green's Looking for Alaska and Esther Freud's Love Falls are also contenders.
And speaking of Love Falls, which new-to-you author have you fallen in love with this summer?