"Flower Hunters" by Lauren Groff Originally published in the November 21, 2016 issue of The New Yorker.
I always love it when an author, telling her story about a contemporary man or woman, ties them closely to some relatively obscure figure from the past. In this case, Groff’s protagonist is engrossed in the work of eighteenth-century naturalist William Bartram, so engrossed, in fact, that she’s essentially forgotten that it’s Halloween. And so she sits, alone in the house, reading, while her husband is out trick-or-treating with the kids. I haven’t finished the story yet, but it’s got my interest.
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