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Bestselling novelist Lauren Groff returns to ALOUD with her riveting novel, The Vaster Wilds. Set in the colonial wilderness, the novel is part adventure and part fable about a servant girl who tries to find a new way of living in a world succumbing to the turbulence of colonialism. The Vaster Wilds tells the story of America in miniature, through one girl at a hinge point in history, to ask how we can adapt quickly enough to save ourselves. 

Groff will be in conversation with writer, activist Melissa Chadburn. 

Lauren Groff

Lauren Groff is a three-time National Book Award finalist and the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, Fates and Furies, and Matrix, and the short story collections Delicate Edible Birds and Florida. She has won the Story Prize and the Joyce Carol Oates Prize, and has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Groff ’s work regularly appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and elsewhere. 

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