Young Audiences in Mind for Third Novel by Author Lauren Groff

A quartet of precocious female college students is getting a third year of life with a third book by Lauren Groff in her retelling of Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya.”

Publisher Random House said Tuesday that Groff, who has won numerous accolades including a Pulitzer Prize, has another young female audience in mind with “The Sex Lives of College Girls,” published by Crown Archetype.

The book follows up “The Bloomers” and “The Tale of Despereaux,” the four girls at two different colleges in Groff’s 1988 debut, “Another Earth.” For “Vanya,” she headed into Chekhov’s later work for additional material.

Random House said a release date is yet to be determined.

Groff, 48, was the creative director of the Believer magazine and the author of four novels and six collections of essays. It has been a busy fall for the family of Connecticut-based publishers Random House Inc. The family subsidiary Macmillan announced in December that it would publish a new Sarah Churchwell novel, “Hot Spots,” featuring a first-person account by a recent college graduate who goes into what has come to be called the male campus experience.

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