Literary Birthday – 23 July – Lauren Groff


Six Quotes

  1. In the end, fiction is the craft of telling truth through lies.
  2. I have a feeling that books are a lot like people – they change as you age, so that some books that you hated in high school will strike you with the force of a revelation when you’re older.
  3. Sometimes I read a biography of some tempestuous artist and find myself longing for fireworks! booze! bloody fights!; I do think that life must be so much more thrilling when you’re actively miserable.
  4. When I was small and easily wounded, books were my carapace. If I were recalled to my hurts in the middle of a book they somehow mattered less. My corporeal life was slight. The dazzling one in my head was what really mattered. Returning to books was coming home.
  5. But I can say that if you’re a writer who happens to be a woman, you’ll get a book cover that depicts a woman with no head, or a woman turning away, or a pair of high heels. You have to fight to not get stuck with these covers. In the U.S. women are chick-lit writers unless they prove otherwise, and that’s frustrating.
  6. They can wound, stories, they can blister.

Lauren Groff is an American novelist and short story writer. Her novels include Fates and Furies, The Monsters of Templeton, and  Arcadia.

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Amanda Patterson by Amanda Patterson