Tenth of December by George Saunders

  • December 22, 2013 · 4:00 PM
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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. 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 kill—the unforgettable characters that populate the pages of Tenth of December are vividly and lovingly infused with Saunders’s signature blend of exuberant prose, deep humanity, and stylistic

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 December—through their manic energy, their focus on what is
redeemable in human beings, and their generosity of spirit—not only entertain and delight; they fulfill Chekhov’s dictum that art should “prepare us for tenderness.”

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  • Joanna


    December 29, 2013

  • Cathy D.

    Both meet ups are at my house. Christy - I hope you feel better soon!

    December 22, 2013

  • Christy

    I'm so sorry to cancel last minute, but I woke up with a little bit of a cold and don't want to infect everyone!

    December 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've noticed that there are two meetups on the same day now and am wondering which location and time we will be using?

    1 · December 17, 2013

  • Kathy C.

    Going to try for after the New Year as there is so much going on right now,

    December 16, 2013

  • Amber H.

    I will be headed home from Virginia. If I get home in time, I will definitely come.

    December 10, 2013

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