Book Preview: Tenth of December

tenth of decemberTenth of December (2013), is a short story collection published just a year ago by the celebrated postmodernist, George Saunders.

I only read a couple of pages on Amazon, and was immediately mesmerized. Wow. What a writing style. I tend to more traditional, occasionally boring work. This is so lively, how could you put it down? And he writes stories, so they don’t even last that long. This must leave you wanting more…more…MORE!

Before I get carried away here, let me tell you what Gregory Cowles had to say in The New York Times.

“In ‘Tenth of December,’ his fourth and best collection, readers will encounter an abduction, a rape, a chemically induced suicide, the suppressed rage of a milquetoast or two, a veteran’s post-­traumatic impulse to burn down his mother’s house — all of it buffeted by gusts of such merriment and tender regard and daffy good cheer that you realize only in retrospect how dark these morality tales really are.”

Try this, and see what you think.


About Joan Marie Naszady

I am a learner, a teacher, and a naturalist who enjoys being creative!
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