George Saunders

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Tenth of December

Winner of the Folio Prize 2014
book | Fiction | Jan 2013

George Saunders's most wryly hilarious and disturbing collection yet, Tenth of December illuminates human experience and explores figures lost in a labyrinth of troubling preoccupations. A family member recollects a backyard pole dressed for all occasions; Jeff faces horrifying ultimatums and the prospect of DarkenfloxxTM in some unusual drug trials; and Al Roosten hides his own internal monologue behind a winning smile that he hopes will make him popular. With dark visions of the future riffing against ghosts of the past and the ever-settling present, this collection sings with astonishing charm and intensity.

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Reviews

Eventually, a suspicion creeps in that, behind Saunders’s comic talents, he might be the most compassionate writer working today.
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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Tenth of December shows George Saunders at his most subversive, hilarious, and emotionally piercing. Few writers can encompass that range of adjectives, but Saunders is a true original - restlessly inventive, yet deeply humane. Jennifer Egan

Literature that takes the sort of chances that Saunders does is rarely as much fun as his is...he seduces the reader with his warmth, humor and storytelling command...Nobody writes quite like Saunders.
Kirkus

Saunders has achieved something remarkable: he's got better. Much better...Saunders has found a way of creating some space in the music: dialling back on the satire, relaxing into realism, letting the clear voice of suffering sing through. Jon McGregor
The Times

George Saunders Has Written the Best Book You''ll Read This Year
George Saunders Has Written the Best Book You’ll Read This Year
Joel Lovell
The New York Times Magazine
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Tenth of December by George Saunders &ndash; review<br /> <br /> These flamboyant satires of post-crash life give a more acute sense of modern western existence than much journalism
Funny, poignant – in flashes, deeply moving – light as a feather, and consistently weird. Hari Kunzru
The Guardian
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Rays of Hope
[George Saunders'] best collection. Gregory Cowles
The New York Times Book Review
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He exhibits an amazing talent for voicing the note-form internal monologue of an average human day. Tom Cox
The Telegraph

Personal Narratives, All Bound In Fantasy
No one writes more powerfully than George Saunders Michiko Kakutani
The New York Times Book Review
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[Readers] will marvel anew at Saunders’ wicked sensibility and profound compassion.
New York Daily
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There is no author I recommend to people more often -- for ten years I've urged George Saunders onto everyone and everyone. Dave Eggers
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An American short-story writer of intimidating talent. Saunders is a morally passionate, serious writer, who perfectly expresses the madness of the times we live in. He will be read long after these times have passed Zadie Smith

You do not read Saunders’s stories so much as watch them detonate on the page in front of you, like a firecracker some joker has slipped into your pudding. Stephen Amidon
New Statesman

Again and again, Saunders demonstrates that wacky, subversive, formally strange writing is not only contrary to our nation's capitalist spirit, it's the most natural and effective of responses to it. He makes the all-but-impossible look effortless. We're lucky to have him. Jonathan Franzen

Saunders’s true strength is comic creativity, the wit and ingenuity that go into designing his pseudo-worlds.
Literary Review

Dark and deliriously demented, Saunders’s stories are Swiftian satires; perfectly pitched black comedies.
Scotland on Sunday

Saunders is a comic genius, with a depth, heart and tenderness all of his own. Jon Ronson

Saunders’s writing recognizably emerges from a literary apprenticeship that he shares with writers such as Wallace, Eggers and Foer.
Times Literary Supplement

'The things we felt about American culture couldn't be reached by simple realism. It had to be a little nutty' George Saunders

Alex Clark
the Guardian