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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Man Booker Prize-winning novel Lincoln in the Bardo and the story collection Tenth of December , a 2013 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.

Hailed by Thomas Pynchon as "graceful, dark, authentic, and funny," George Saunders now surpasses his New York Times Notable Book, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline , with this bestselling collection of stories set against a warped, hilarious, and terrifyingly recognizable American landscape.

One of Entertainment Weekly 's Ten Best Books of the Year

"Artful and sophisicated... truly unusual. Imagine Lewis's Babbitt thrown into the backseat of a car going cross-country, driven by R. Crumb, Matt Groening, Lynda Barry, Harvey Pekar, or Spike Jonze." -- The New York Times

"Saunders is a provocateur, a moralist, a zealot, a lefty, and a funny, funny writer, and the stories in Pastoralia delight. We're very luck to have them." -- Esquire

Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2001
Edition: 1st Riverhead trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9781573228725
Characteristics: 188 p. ; 21 cm


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Jul 24, 2017

This short story collection is chock-full of wild, satirical tales with a sharp emotional edge. As always, Saunders writes with a mastery of voice, pacing, and intrigue. Though his stories are often a bit vulgar and grisly, Saunders always writes with a strong intent to make you feel things, and not just shock. Most short stories end on an 'open' note that, I think, forces you to evaluate your emotions at the end of the story; I am still wrestling with I how I felt reading some of these stories weeks later.

I will recommend this collection (and all other Saunders works) until the day I die.

Jan 04, 2016

To paraphrase Saunders "why are the losers in this world being kicked so hard when they're down?" Satire my friends.k

Mar 30, 2013

Saunders is maybe the most acclaimed short story writer currently working, although I am struggling to figure out why. I just read his latest collection, "Tenth of December," and couldn't get into it. I feel the same way about this earlier book. I think the ideal audience are those who find the irony-heavy humor of "McSweeney's" enjoyable. I just don't get this guy.


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