Tenth of December
WINNER OF THE 2014 FOLIO PRIZE AND SHORTLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 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.
The best book you'll read this year * New York Times * Dazzlingly surreal stories about a failing America * Sunday Times * The best short story writer in English - not "one of", not "arguably", but the Best * Time Magazine * Riotously imaginative ... From one of the few living masters of the genre -- Books of the Year * Daily Telegraph * If you're a fan of dark, disturbing and satirical, George Saunders is your ideal travel companion -- Summer Reads * Daily Mail * Funny, poignant - in flashes, deeply moving - light as a feather and consistently weird -- Hari Kunzru * Guardian *
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