Delicate Edible Birds The title story in Delicate Edible Birds boasts all the intrigue and tenderness of Lauren Groff's hit debut novel, The Monsters of Templeton , as… Delicate Edible Birds The title story in Delicate Edible Birds boasts all the intrigue and tenderness of Lauren Groff's hit debut novel, The Monsters of Templeton , as… 2009-01-27 Fiction Short Stories Hyperion
Book Review

Delicate Edible Birds (2009)

Delicate Edible Birds | Delicate Edible Birds by Lauren Groff
Delicate Edible Birds by Lauren Groff
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Jan 27, 2009; Writer: Lauren Groff; Genres: Fiction, Short Stories; Publisher: Hyperion

The title story in Delicate Edible Birds boasts all the intrigue and tenderness of Lauren Groff's hit debut novel, The Monsters of Templeton, as it follows a promiscuous WWII-era reporter captured by a Nazi sympathizer. Unfortunately, not every story delivers. All but three read like stiff 40-page biographies (see: "Majorette," an uninspiring story about an underestimated pretty girl). Then again, it's easy to
 forgive Groff, thanks to her ability to describe nearly anything with elegance. Take this line from her best-friend-from-hell story ''Blythe'': ''I felt resentful at the scent wafting from her, cigarette smoke and perfume like some overblown peony about to shiver apart.'' And we've got the chills too. B

Originally posted Jan 21, 2009 Published in issue #1032-1033 Jan 30, 2009 Order article reprints
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