One of the most important and blazingly 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.
"I could never have known"
From the undisputed master of the short story comes a dazzling and disturbing new collection. 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; and in an auction of local celebrities Al Roosten hides his own internal monologue behind a winning smile. 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...
"Paying for It", by Elizabeth Kolbert; "The Heiress", by Ken Auletta; "Netherland", by Rachel Aviv; "Moments in History", by David Denby.
Starting today we highlight Bob’s best interviews of the year. But first, Salon.com’s senior book critic Laura Miller shares with Bob her favorite books from 2013. Then, we share Bob’s interview with best-selling writer George Saunders about his book Tenth of December and his writing process. Finally, Bob sits down with Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Dave Barry to discuss his novel Insane City.
George Saunders is a bestselling writer of short fiction, essays, novellas and children’s books. The New York Times Magazine called his newest collection, Tenth of December, "The best book you'll read this year.” Bob talks to Saunders about that book and his writing process.