I love how seemingly effortlessly Lauren Groff takes her readers back in time (or to another place in our own time) and makes us feel as if we personally know each of her characters. Her stories are sad, funny, elegiac, and full of warmth. Groff might be for me one of the few writers for whom I will read most if not all of their published work. And I plan to re-read many of these stories. As a student of great writing, I can't think of a contemporary I admire more.