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    DescriptionNATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST - NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY "THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW" NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY "People - The New York Times Magazine - "NPR - "Entertainment Weekly - New York - BuzzFeed - Kirkus Reviews - BookPage - Shelf Awareness" Includes an extended conversation with David Sedaris One of the most important and blazingly original writers of his generation, George Saunders is an undisputed master of the short story, and "Tenth of December" is his most honest, accessible, and moving collection yet. 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. Writing brilliantly and profoundly about class, sex, love, loss, work, despair, and war, Saunders cuts to the core of the contemporary experience. These stories take on the big questions and explore the fault lines of our own morality, delving into the questions of what makes us good and what makes us human. Unsettling, insightful, and hilarious, the stories in "Tenth of December"--through their manic energy, their focus on what is redeemable in human beings, and their generosity of spirit--not only entertain and delight; they fulfill Chekhov's dictum that art should "prepare us for tenderness." "NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER "The best book you'll read this year."--"The New York Times Magazine" " " "A feat of inventiveness . . . This eclectic collection never ceases to delight with its at times absurd, surreal, and darkly humorous look at very serious subjects. . . . George Saunders makes you feel as though you are reading fiction for the first time."--Khaled Hosseini, author of "The Kite Runner" "The best short-story writer in English--not 'one of, ' not 'arguably, ' but the Best."--Mary Karr, "Time " "A visceral and moving act of storytelling . . . No one writes more powerfully than George Saunders about the lost, the unlucky, the disenfranchised."--Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times" " " "Saunders's startling, dreamlike stories leave you feeling newly awakened to the world."--"People" GEORGE SAUNDERS WAS NAMED ONE OF THE 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD BY "TIME" MAGAZINE


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    Title
    Tenth of December
    Subtitle
    Stories
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) George Saunders
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 133 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 254 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780812984255
    ISBN 10: 0812984250
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    DC21: 813.54
    BIC E4L: SST
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.2
    BIC subject category V2: FA, FYB
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: FIC
    Libri: ENGM1010
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Libri: AMER3710
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    DC22: 813/.54
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 81
    B&T Approval Code: P26100000
    BISAC V2.8: FIC052000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC029000, FIC019000
    LC classification: PS3569.A7897 T46 2013E
    Thema V1.0: FB, FYB, FUP
    Publisher
    Random House Trade
    Imprint name
    Random House Trade
    Publication date
    01 July 2014
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    MacArthur "Genius Grant" fellow George Saunders is the acclaimed author of several collections of short stories, including "Pastoralia" and "CivilWarLand in Bad Decline," as well as a collection of essays and a book for children. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.
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    Praise for "Tenth of December" "The best book you'll read this year."--"The New York Times Magazine" " " "A feat of inventiveness . . . This eclectic collection never ceases to delight with its at times absurd, surreal, and darkly humorous look at very serious subjects. . . . George Saunders makes you feel as though you are reading fiction for the first time."--Khaled Hosseini, author of "The Kite Runner" "The best short-story writer in English--not 'one of, ' not 'arguably, ' but the Best."--Mary Karr, "Time " "A visceral and moving act of storytelling . . . No one writes more powerfully than George Saunders about the lost, the unlucky, the disenfranchised."--Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times" " " "Saunders's startling, dreamlike stories leave you feeling newly awakened to the world."--"People" "It's no exaggeration to say that short story master George Saunders helped change the trajectory of American fiction."--"The Wall Street Journal" " " "An irresistible mix of humor and humanity . . . that will make you beam with unmitigated glee. [Grade: ] A"--"Entertainment Weekly" " " "Saunders captures the fragmented rhythms, disjointed sensory input, and wildly absurd realities of the twenty-first century experience like no other writer."--"The Boston Globe" ""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, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "A Visit from the Goon Squad" "George Saunders is a complete original, unlike anyone else, thank god--and yet still he manages to be the rightful heir to three other complete American originals--Barthelme (the lyricism, the playfulness), Vonnegut (the outrage, the wit, the scope), and Twain (the common sense, the exasperation). There is no author I recommend t