Jan 14, 2013
George Saunders Has Written the Best Book You'll Read This Year. A bold statement from the New York Times magazine, especially just three days into the new year.
But they make a good point and they're not alone in their belief. The book world--from The Guardian to The Onion's AV Club and all points in between--is much abuzz about George Saunders's new collection of short stories: Tenth of December. From our catalog, a tantalizing glimpse into this collection:
In the taut opener, “Victory Lap,” a boy witnesses the attempted abduction of the girl next door and is faced with a harrowing choice: Does he ignore what he sees, or override years of smothering advice from his parents and act?
In “Home,” a combat-damaged soldier moves back in with his mother and struggles to reconcile the world he left with the one to which he has returned. And in the title story, a stunning meditation on imagination, memory, and loss, a middle-aged cancer patient walks into the woods to commit suicide, only to encounter a troubled young boy who, over the course of a fateful morning, gives the dying man a final chance to recall who he really is.
A hapless, deluded owner of an antiques store; two mothers struggling to do the right thing; a teenage girl whose idealism is challenged by a brutal brush with reality; a man tormented by a series of pharmaceutical experiments that force him to lust, to love, to kill--the unforgettable characters that populate the pages of Tenth of December are vividly and lovingly infused with Saunders’s signature blend of exuberant prose, deep humanity, and stylistic innovation.
Will Tenth of December be this year's Gone Girl? Get in on the ground floor and find out!