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Tenth of December: Stories
Tenth of December Stories
Author: George Saunders
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ISBN-13: 9780812984255
ISBN-10: 0812984250
Publication Date: 1/7/2014
Pages: 272
Rating:
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.
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2.9 stars, based on 26 ratings
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
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4 Book Reviews submitted by our Members...sorted by voted most helpful

reviewed Tenth of December: Stories on + 1110 more book reviews
This is an incredibly powerful collection of short stories touching on parenting, PTSD, psychopharmacology, suicide, class, and immigration. Skip The Semplica Girl Diaries if you are squeamish. Enjoy the wonderful writing!
reviewed Tenth of December: Stories on + 29 more book reviews
These are depressing stories about under-paid, overworked, over-medicated, and mostly miserable people. This is America of either the present or very near future, and it's not a pleasant place to be. What humor there is in these stories (and I'm not sure much is present) is very dark. The stories seemed somehow flat to me, but there were occasional moments of empathy, especially in the title story.

Honestly, I liked what George Saunders had to say for himself in the appended interview with David Sedaris more than the writing itself.
reviewed Tenth of December: Stories on + 6 more book reviews
If you don't appreciate this book, you are not reading enough modern fiction. Saunders' characters are damaged, but linger in the imagination. Like all story collections, some of thw work will appeal to you more than others. Glad I read this.
loregess avatar reviewed Tenth of December: Stories on + 175 more book reviews
A very wide range of themes are played out throughout the stories. Without giving anything away, one story reminded me of a combination of 2 books: Flowers for Algernon and Harrison Bergeron, and another was reminiscent of Sedariss fable-esque stories from Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary. I love writers that are able to infuse humor and wit into their gut-wrenching tales, and this writer does so without skipping a beat. The stories all conveyed strong, emotional qualities and made me question several times over What if that were me? What if I were put in that position, what would I do? I am certain that some of the stories will stay with me for quite some time.