Lauren Groff: Biography

Lauren Groff

23 jul 1978

Born July 23, 1978, New York USA, Lauren Groff is an American novelist and short story writer. She attended Amherst College and had her mind set on becoming a writer so, upon graduation, she did jobs like bartending which allowed her to work and still have time to write during the day. But she considered her first attempts at writing to be way below standard and this led her to undertake a MFA in fiction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

To date, Lauren Groff has published three full length novels with the first, The Monsters of Templeton, appearing in 2008. It won critical acclaim and made the New York Times bestsellers list and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for new writers. It was also named one of the best books of 2008 by Amazon and has since been published in 12 countries.

Groff’s second and third novels have also appeared on several best books lists, and the last one, Fate and Furies, although published near the end of 2015, was included in many of the best books lists and was named as Amazon’s Best Book of 2015. It was also nominated for the 2015 National Book Award for Fiction.

Lauren Groff’s is described as a very intelligent, witty and gifted writer using vivid and electrifying prose to create intriguing stories that are emotionally honest and riveting. A dark strain runs through her novels in which she explores family relationships such as life on a commune, a girl’s search for a sense of identity and belonging and the true nature of a long-lasting marriage.

Groff has also written several award-winning short stories that appear in anthologies and in magazines like the New Yorker and the Atlantic Monthly.

She is married and lives in Florida with her husband and two children.