One of the most 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.
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. 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.
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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