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Tenth of December
Tenth of December: Stories | George Saunders
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY People The New York Times Magazine NPR Entertainment Weekly New York The Telegraph BuzzFeed Kirkus Reviews BookPage Shelf AwarenessOne 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. And in the title story, a stunning meditation on imagination, memory, and loss, a middle-aged cancer patient walks into the woods to commit suicide, only to encounter a troubled young boy who, over the course of a fateful morning, gives the dying man a final chance to recall who he really is. A hapless, deluded owner of an antiques store; two mothers struggling to do the right thing; a teenage girl whose idealism is challenged by a brutal brush with reality; a man tormented by a series of pharmaceutical experiments that force him to lust, to love, to killthe unforgettable characters that populate the pages of Tenth of December are vividly and lovingly infused with Saunderss signature blend of exuberant prose, deep humanity, and stylistic innovation. Writing brilliantly and profoundly about class, sex, love, loss, work, despair, and war, Saunders cuts to the core of the contemporary experience. These stories take on the big questions and explore the fault lines of our own morality, delving into the questions of what makes us good and what makes us human. Unsettling, insightful, and hilarious, the stories in Tenth of Decemberthrough their manic energy, their focus on what is redeemable in human beings, and their generosity of spiritnot only entertain and delight; they fulfill Chekhovs dictum that art should prepare us for tenderness.NEW YORK TIMESBESTSELLERThe best book youll read this year.The New York Times Magazine A feat of inventiveness . . . This eclectic collection never ceases to delight with its at times absurd, surreal, and darkly humorous look at very serious subjects. . . . Saunders makes you feel as though you are reading fiction for the first time.Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner The best short-story writer in Englishnot one of, not arguably, but the Best.Mary Karr, Time A visceral and moving act of storytelling . . . No one writes more powerfully than George Saunders about the lost, the unlucky, the disenfranchised.Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times Saunderss startling, dreamlike stories leave you feeling newly awakened to the world.People Its no exaggeration to say that short story master George Saunders helped change the trajectory of American fiction.The Wall Street Journal GEORGE SAUNDERS WAS NAMED ONE OF THE 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD BY TIME MAGAZINEFrom the Hardcover edition.
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Jari-chan
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George Saunders is steadly making his way to one of my favourite authors. Yes, I'm not a reader of short stories, because I never remember them. But Saunders might be different. His stories are so intense and deep, his pictures that strong, that they might remain.

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vivastory
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Happy George Saunders Day!

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EadieB
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Day 23 - #NotSoFavoriteAuthor
After reading this book, I must say that satirical fiction is not for me. I found this book very difficult to read. The words did not flow and I really was not interested in what the author was trying to relate. There are a lot of good reviews for this book so some people did benefit from reading it. Not sure if I could honestly recommend it as I wouldn't want to put anyone else through the pain it was for me to read.

Scochrane26 He‘s a little weird. I liked Lincoln in the bardo much more. 2mo
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚 2mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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Saunders is a masterful storyteller & this is an impressive collection of stories. The above quote encapsulates everything you need to know going in—there are moments of grace in dire circumstances but seldom happy endings, moments of courage, redemption, & hope but also futility, desperation, depravity, cruelty, utter ridiculousness. All the best & worst we can be as humans. Love it/hate it, this collection gives you something to think about.

Megabooks Good to know! I picked this up as a bargain book but haven‘t read it yet. 3mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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Saunders on good writing and what it does. (This is from his conversation with David Sedaris at the end of the book.)

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TracyReadsBooks
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😂

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TracyReadsBooks
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Took my next book with me on a long walk this morning—have to take advantage of upper 40s and sunny because winter will be here soon enough!

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Kshakal
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Bailedbailed

I could not handle this book... I am not a fan of short story collections in the first place and this book is a prime example of why. I couldn‘t even make it page 100! 😞

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Kshakal
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1. Tenth of December by: George Saunders
2. Cookies and Clairvoyance by: Bailey Cates
3. Warm and sunny

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

Avanders Hiya lady — just checking in on your #cozyswap package .. less than a week to open date! 👏🏽👏🏽 Have you sent yours? (Sorry if I missed it!) 🎃♥️ 4mo
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atla
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Mehso-so

This book frustrated me; of the first 4 stories in a 10 story collection, 3 of them were fantastic. “Puppy” was my favorite and I would recommend this collection for that story alone. It is a story that shines a light on family and judgment in a way I think fans of Celeste Ng would love. Even though I read this collection over several weeks, Saunders‘ writing style became tiresome and got in the way of my enjoyment of the rest of this collection.

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TracyReadsBooks
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What better way to celebrate Mother‘s Day or, really, any spring day when it isn‘t raining than with a trip to the bookstore? Came home with the tagged book because Saunders is a master of the short story, See What I Have Done because it sounds good (& has a great cover), Liberty‘s Exiles about American Loyalists & their stories after the American Revolution, & From Here to Eternity which is about death & how various cultures care for the dead.

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DoubleI
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“Can goodness win? Or do good people always get shafted, evil being more reckless?”

CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 Gorgeous cat! 😺 10mo
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DoubleI Thank you both! This is a fun place! 10mo
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mklong
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Saunders uses his dark and surreal style here to cut right to the heart of American materialism and feelings of inadequacy. He is endlessly creative, but in this collection, that creativity feels sharp and impactful instead of gimmicky.

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JoyBlue
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Bailedbailed

I'm not a fan of short stories, generally; but this author and collection are highly regarded. I had a completely different (and unpleasant) experience than expected based on blurbs/reviews. Bailed at 30% (about 75 pages).

CarolynM I didn't like this much either. 11mo
JoyBlue @CarolynM 😢 11mo
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Redheadrambles
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Eeek, December was a pretty terrible reading month. I am fairly sure “The Bone People” sent me into a slump from which only George could get me out of !

#december18 #decemberwrapup

ClairesReads Aw! I hope January, TOB, Buddy Reads and new #readharder2019 get you out of it! Thanks for being such a great reading buddy! (edited) 13mo
Redwritinghood I‘m sure January will be better! 13mo
Redheadrambles @ClairesReads @Redwritinghood thanks ! Yes January is looking much more favourable I think. Thank you both for being great reading buddies as well 😊 (edited) 13mo
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Redheadrambles
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

Given how much I love “Lincoln in the Bardo” this was almost guaranteed to be a hit. It seems I am discovering Saunders work backwards, working my way slowly towards his debut short story collection.
His devilish sense of humour and deftness with language is all here. I can‘t fault this collection every story worked but I particularly enjoyed “Escape from Spiderhead” and “The Semplica Girl Diaries”.

However, more novels please :)

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JLaurenceCohen
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George Saunders writes killer short stories, and Tenth of December might be his most unforgettable collection. I love how he incorporates one or two sci-fi or dystopian elements into an otherwise realistic story.

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CrowCAH
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#WinterWonderland #TenthAvenueFreezout
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BL-HL3ELvFI

Didn‘t quite make it on the date, but close enough!

TrishB Close enough 👍🏻 13mo
Cinfhen Was the book good??? 13mo
CrowCAH @Cinfhen haven‘t read it yet, but I did get to hear George Saunders talk a couple years back. 13mo
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nofutureparttwo
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Happy George Saunders day, everyone!!!

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kateykontent
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A house on the park. He'd seen it a million times. And now was in it. It smelled of man sweat and spaghetti sauce and old books. Like a library where sweaty men went to cook spaghetti. #tenthofdecember #georgesaunders

CrowCAH Welcome to the Litsy family!!! 📚 13mo
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kateykontent @CrowCAH thank you! 13mo
LauraJ Welcome to you and your tabby! 13mo
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RaimeyGallant Is that a quote? It's pretty great. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. 13mo
Cinfhen Ive always meant to read this book. Thanks for the reminder 😁 13mo
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Nute There were some weird stories in this book, but I enjoyed it. George Saunders is a talented storyteller. Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a fun and warm community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you.🙂 13mo
kateykontent @Nute Thank you! I'm stumbling my way through Litsy slowly, but I love it! Wish I heard of it sooner! Agreed about George Saunders... I'm still blown away from "Lincoln in the Bardo", so I picked this up at my library. 13mo
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SheilaChew
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I got some new books on my kindle - thought this one was appropriate for today! 🤓

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Smrloomis
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I love seeing this in my in-box, even if it isn‘t a personal message like I‘d prefer! 👍🏽

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Kempii
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Mehso-so

The halting style of speech is odd, but works. The twisted trains of thought are both familiar and neurotic, with long leaps into tangents and unlikely, but understandable contemplations of consequences. The father‘s lamentations of the impacts on his children are funny while ringing true in their absurdity. The style reminds me somewhat of David Foster Wallace. Short, but enjoyable for a quick read.

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nofutureparttwo
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“It wasn‘t fair. It happened to everyone supposedly but now it was happening to specifically to him. He‘d kept waiting for special dispensation, but no. Something/someone bigger than him kept refusing. You were told the big something/someone loved you especially but in the end you saw it was otherwise. The bit something/someone was neutral. Unconcerned. When it innocently moved, it crushed people.”
#georgesaunders #tenthofdecember

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nofutureparttwo
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“To keep him alive she started piling on him various things from life, things smelling of a home—coats, sweaters, a rain of flowers [...]. He was piled high with clothes. He was like the bed at a party on which they pile the coats.”

This is the best goddamn simile I have ever read.
#georgesaunders #tenthofdecember

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nofutureparttwo
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Afterwards, sometimes there would be tears. Tears in bed? And then they would—Molly pressing her hot wet face against his hot wet face. They were sorry, they were saying with their bodies, they were accepting each other back, and that feeling, that feeling of being accepted back again and again, of someone‘s affection for you expanding to encompass whatever new flawed thing had just manifested in you, that was the deepest, dearest thing he‘d ever—

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nofutureparttwo
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I started listening to this earlier today, and I‘m already more than halfway through! My god this prose just sparkles. It‘s simply dazzling. And Saunders reads it so well. #nowlistening #nowreading #audiobooks

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Stephkesey
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I loved this book. The stories twist and turn to include many characters‘ perspectives. Each story is somehow both brutal and kind, and in the end, an exercise in compassion.

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read.run.travel
Tenth of December: Stories | George Saunders

I have a hard time abandoning books because I always want to give them enough chances. Maybe I‘ll like them after the second half or so? But with so many outstanding books, I need to prioritize and only read what I love.
So I‘m saying goodbye to Tenth of December by George Saunders after 50 pages 👋🏽 I‘m not a big fan of short stories anyway, and I have a TBR full of promising reads.
What‘s your take on not finishing books you don‘t love?

Lindy If I don‘t love at least some aspect of a book, I have no problem abandoning it after 50 pages. 2y
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CindyE09
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@Zelma Thank you so much for my package!!! Lincoln in the Bardo was my favorite book of last year, and I am so excited to read more from Saunders!! And American Housewife sounds fantastic! I can‘t wait to dive into these. The books marks are super cute, I love that your local store puts pics of their pets on them, and I really want to visit now! Thanks again to @CSeydel for setting this up. My first swap and I had a ton of fun! #shortstoryswap

britt_brooke Tenth of December is so good! 2y
CSeydel Those look fantastic! 💗 2y
Zelma Yay, I‘m so glad you liked everything! The George Saunders has been one of my favorites this year and American Housewife is so weird and good. 2y
CindyE09 @Zelma Yes these books look perfect! I ❤️ Saunders and weird is my favorite kind of book. Thank you for taking the time to pick these out for me! 2y
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Hooked_on_books
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I‘m not sure I quite understood the earliest pieces in this collection, but at about 20% in, they definitely clicked for me, with Saunders seeming to enjoy exploring unusual personalities. I liked his novel even more and would definitely read more of his work.

cariashley This was my first Saunders and it got me hooked! Love him. 2y
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PacingTheCage
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Mehso-so

I don't "do" short story collections often but somewhere, some blog I stumbled upon this one. I'm half and half here. Some were good and some I just didn't "get." I'll keep trying though.

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ATB
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Excellent short stories and I don‘t like short stories as a rule. That may say more about me than short stories. And what is that strange light hitting my book?

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Zelma
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I finished this recently and have been letting the stories percolate a bit. I was surprised by how much I loved this collection. It is so weird and emotional and dark and nuanced. So, so good, if you like short stories. Not usually my thing, but some of Saunders‘ stories have stuck with me and won‘t let go.

readordierachel Sounds great! I got this as a kindle deal the other day, and you've made me excited to read it! 2y
Zelma @ReadOrDieRachel awesome! Eager to hear what you think. 2y
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britt_brooke
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This is a great collection!

#ebookdeal #stackit

Zelma Yes, it is! I just finished it but am behind on my reviews. Omg, I adored it. So so good. 2y
britt_brooke @Zelma I listened to it on audio a few months ago and loved it! 2y
Zelma @britt_brooke a couple of the stories didn‘t work for me, but the ones that did are still lingering in my mind weeks later. 2y
britt_brooke @Zelma That‘s usually the case for me with short story collections, too. 👍🏻 2y
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Smrloomis
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Kindle deal 🎉

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MelanieMefford
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I know people love this book, but honestly, I don‘t think I got it. I‘m not a fan of bizarre, so it just wasn‘t for me. I always feel bad saying bad things about a book. People work hard on them!

CatLass007 I bailed on this book and don‘t remember it at all. 2y
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JessicaBates
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Cheers! Reading my #bookclub book with a tasty #beer. (I live in #Nashville & am loving this #Memphis brew.)

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emtobiasz
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Little book haul from Nine Stories, the local independent bookstore. I went in for Winter but their sale was buy one get one half off, so of course I got more. Sleeping Giants is for my boyfriend, who told me to surprise him. We'll see how my Reader's Advisory skills are working!

BookMaven407 Mary Roach 💜 2y
emtobiasz @BookMaven407 She's the best! 2y
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MandaChittles
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After almost every short story in this collection my heart is racing and I need to take a few deep breaths... How does Saunders imagine these ideas? And then present them so uniquely? I can‘t believe what I‘m reading... I‘m so pleased to have found this.

CarolynM Many of these stories made me really angry. He is a very good writer. 2y
MandaChittles @CarolynM - so good! Impressive stuff! He also wrote Lincoln in the Bardo - which gets rave reviews! 2y
emilyhaldi I don‘t normally like short stories but I loved this book!!! 2y
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MandaChittles
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Any parents out there? This quote resonated with me. As have the short stories I‘ve read so far in this collection.

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kathedron
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Happy New Year, dear Littens!
Here's my December wrap-up: I finally finished Ulysses (thank goodness!) although what's more remarkable is that I didn't read any poetry. How did that even happen?!

GypsyKat Your reading journal is beautiful!!! 😍 2y
Cathythoughts Ulysses ✨very well done ! I have never read it , I‘m afraid of it. Afraid I would not understand it at all. ! What a great span of reading you‘ve had. ✨✨✨✨brilliant 🎉🎉🎉 (edited) 2y
JessClark78 Happy New Year! 2y
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Louise You are so artistic! 👌 2y
mhillis I love this layout! The December lettering 😍 2y
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kathedron
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I'm not going to pretend to be objective about this: I picked it up in the midst of another episode of low mood. These keenly observed, compassionate stories about people who have each been done over by life in their different ways helped me feel better. Not full of joy and sparkle, to be sure, but less alone. More "possible". I'm grateful for that.

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kathedron
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I've been under-the-floorboards low again recently.
A cheerful, "fluff" book wouldn't reach me. George Saunders, on the other hand, is helping.

HeatherBookNerd Great story collection. 2y
BarbaraBB That‘s good to hear. Sending positive vibes your way 🙏💕 2y
CareBear Sending lots of Litsy love ❤️ 2y
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Tamra 🤗 Keep reading. 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes Oof, I totally know what you mean. What a gorgeous melancholy passage, I'm glad it's helping. ❤️🕊 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes I realize it might not seem melancholy to some people...I guess I meant that when I'm feeling low, the appreciation of beauty (which is what this passage is doing) takes on a melancholy feel for me, but in a good way. 2y
kathedron @Natasha.C.Barnes Precisely! 😘 2y
RachelO Hugs. 2y
mhillis Take care😘 2y
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Abailliekaras
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Superb. Masterful short stories, a joy to read. The zest & humour reminded me of David Foster Wallace. Saunders brings his characters to life with tight plotting & compassion, so we are immediately drawn in & identify with their plight. Clean, unsentimental writing, but poignant as families struggle to stay afloat & ordinary losers wrestle with a chance to be a hero. He honours his characters by his true depiction of their lives & flaws. So good!

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Abailliekaras
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Tennis, book and much-needed coffee. Tenth of December is OUTSTANDING. 🎾☕️

LitLogophile I love this collection!! 2y
Abailliekaras @LitLogophile it‘s so good! 2y
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alldinareads
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britt_brooke 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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mgallo1968
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I am starting graduate school in January and will be working full time as well. I am worried about having time to read for enjoyment! I love short stories and think the format might be a great way to get in my recreational/ non-school reading. Any suggestions/authors welcomed!📚📚📚🤓

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