Tenth of December: Stories - George Saunders

Tenth of December (Random House, $26), the stunning collection of short stories by George Saunders, landed him on the cover of The New York Times Magazine last winter with the story caption: “George Saunders has written the best book you’ll read all year.” Not far off.  When we read the advance copy—well before the Times article appeared—it felt like having emerged from a penetrating, life-altering, and at once disturbing and exotic experience. Few writers today inhabit the interior spaces of their characters as Saunders does in these ten stories, while also conveying so richly and so creatively the hilarity, absurdity, generosity, and depravity of the world we live in.

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ISBN: 9780812993806
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Published: Random House - January 8th, 2013

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ISBN: 9780812984255
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - January 7th, 2014

The Color Master: Stories - Aimee Bender

Every time I read a story by Aimee Bender, I feel changed, reworked, bent; as if Bender were akin to Miller, Smith, or Baker—wearing her trade in her very name. In her newest collection, The Color Master (Doubleday, $25.95), Bender’s fabulist skill is on full display. The fifteen short stories share different universes, different aches, and different arcs. In one, Bender focuses on a listless young woman, unsure of herself in any role beyond being a dutiful sister; in another, she re-imagines a world right out of Grimm, where a human becomes an ogre’s wife. Yet both tales focus on the desire for an identity beyond that of being someone else’s helpmate. That is the magic of this collection. Despite the divergent settings and deftly created characters, these stories hold one true power: Bender forces her characters to face their true colors and become the masters of their own fates.

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ISBN: 9780307744197
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Published: Anchor - April 22nd, 2014

A Permanent Member of the Family - Russell Banks

With novels like Continental Drift and The Sweet Hereafter, Russell Banks has earned his place among the top ranks of contemporary novelists. His new collection of short stories, A Permanent Member of the Family (Ecco, $25.99), explores the lives of men and women confronting crisis and change. A former Marine facing poverty becomes a serial bank robber until his two sons, both in law enforcement, discover the truth. A woman loses her husband after the couple become “snowbirds,” buying a condo in Florida, only to be surprised and confused by the freedom and happiness that follow his death. An artist announces to his friends that he’s won a prestigious grant, but goes away angry and frustrated, questioning whether he merits what’s been cast upon him. All the stories collected here evoke the strangeness and complexity of emotion.

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ISBN: 9780061857669
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Published: Ecco - September 9th, 2014