Tenth of December by George Saunders was on every literary "best of 2013" list and received rave reviews from critics. It is a collection of short stories, not a novel and not linked stories, with common themes and a unique style. Link to Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0812984250/ref=nosim/joanprice-20).
These reviews will interest you:
• New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/03/books/review/tenth-of-december-by-george-saunders.html
• NPR: http://www.npr.org/2013/01/08/167553867/from-george-saunders-a-dark-december
Note from Joan: When I first picked up this book, I read 1-1/2 stories and put it down. I thought I hated it. Then I read a review that a friend and writing colleague wrote -- http://www.wickedlocal.com/x1433775207/NORTH-SHORE-BOOK-NOTES-Tenth-of-December-By-George-Saunders -- and thought I'd better give it another chance. I'm glad I did! This book will give us much food for discussion.