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George Saunders has hit the big time.  His current collection of bizarrely funny and moving short stories, Tenth of December, is getting a lot of well-deserved publicity.  Saunders is always playing his characters for laughs, but never deserts them, leaving them unsympathetic.  He teases out their inner dialogues until we recognize ourselves in them, and as we laugh, we know we are guilty too.  I have found reading his stories a singular pleasure ever since his debut collection CivilWarLand in Bad Decline.  There is no one else like him. 

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Tenth of December
9780812993806

You've Got to Read This

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George Saunders has hit the big time.  His current collection of bizarrely funny and moving short stories, Tenth of December, is getting a lot of well-deserved publicity.  Saunders is always playing his characters for laughs, but never deserts them, leaving them unsympathetic.  He teases out their inner dialogues until we recognize ourselves in them, and as we laugh, we know we are guilty too.  I have found reading his stories a singular pleasure ever since his debut collection CivilWarLand in Bad Decline.  There is no one else like him. 

Book

Tenth of December
9780812993806

Posted by Steve Siebers at 02/21/2013 04:53:07 PM