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 Sunday Times Must Reads 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 Daily Telegraph Books of the Year If you're a fan of dark, disturbing and satirical, George Saunders is your ideal travel companion Daily Mail Summer Reads Funny, poignant - in flashes, deeply moving - light as a feather and consistently weird Hari Kunzru, Guardian
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 2nd January 2014
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.2