George Saunders, Anti-Minimalist
Tenth of December, the sixth book and fourth collection of short stories by George Saunders, was published in early January. On the cover of the New York Times Magazine, Joel Lovell declared it “The Best Book You’ll Read This Year”; by mid-month Tenth of December was on the New York Times bestseller list (at number three!). Though this level of commercial success is recent, Saunders is no underground talent; he won a MacArthur genius grant in 2006, he publishes regularly in the New Yorker, and he has won four National Magazine Awards for fiction. Previous books—especially CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, published in 1996, and Pastoralia, published in 2000—have been fawned over by everyone from Garrison Keillor to Thomas Pynchon.
About the Author
Fernanda Moore reviews and writes fiction regularly for Commentary.