From the undisputed master of the short story, George Saunders, comes a dazzling and disturbing new collection. His most wryly hilarious work to date, 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; Divisional Director Todd Birnie sends round a memo to employees he thinks need some inspiration; Jeff faces horrifying ultimatums and the prospect of Darkenfloxx in some unusual drug trials; and in an auction of local celebrities Al Roosten hides his own internal monologue behind a winning smile that he hopes will make him popular. Although, as a young boy discovers, sometimes the voices fade and all you are left with is a frozen hill on a cold day in December...With dark visions of the future riffing against ghosts of the past and the ever-settling present, Tenth of December sings with astonishing charm and intensity, and re-affirms Saunders as one of our greatest living storytellers.
The best book you'll read this year New York Times Dazzlingly surreal stories about a failing America -- Must Reads 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
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 2nd January 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 1