“The Midnight Zone” by Lauren Groff Originally published in the May 23, 2016 issue of The New Yorker. Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker website.
Though her novels Arcadia and, in particular, Fates and Furies (President Obama’s favorite book of 2015; see here) have been recommended, I’m only familiar with Groff’s short fiction that has been published in The New Yorker, and not a lot has been. Her first New Yorker piece, “Above and Below,” arrived in the 2011 summer fiction issue. At the time I wrote (here) that she was relatively unknown (I’m glad for her that that is not the case this time around), and I thought the story was particularly strong. Her second New Yorker piece, “Ghosts and Empties” (our post here), came last year. I didn’t like that one nearly as much.
I’m happy to say that I enjoyed “The Midnight Zone” a lot, and I’ll post some of my thoughts below soon. I hope you’ll join in the conversation!