A review by gerhard
Boca Raton, by Lauren Groff

5.0

Another author whom I am embarrassed to admit I have not read yet. The second entry in Amazon’s Warmer collection is a completely different beast to The Way the World Ends by Jess Walter, but equally as good in its own right. I wonder if this particular short story forms part of Groff’s collection called Florida, which gets a plug at the end?

It is a darkly modulated tale about single mother Ange who finds herself haunted by a vision of a dead nest of chicks she stumbles across during a creek clean-up with her daughter and a bunch of volunteers. The chicks had been fed plastic by a parent in a desperate bid to keep them alive.

Ange finds herself haunted by this vision, which overlays her ordinary life like a shroud she peers through at an increasingly incomprehensible and bewildering world. This simple story builds quietly to a devastating but ambiguous climax that is all the more powerful for its lack of resolution.