January 28, 2009 at 05:00 AM EST

Delicate Edible Birds

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Lauren Groff
publisher
Hyperion
genre
Short Stories, Fiction
We gave it a B

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

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