Lincoln in the Bardo

Author: George Saunders Type: Fiction, novel Published: 2017 I read it: April 2018 When I knew that a new Saunders story was coming, I should have known what was coming. I should have known that he would pierce to the center of pain with the self-assigned task to crawl back up from it to grasp…

Pastoralia

Author: George Saunders Type: Fiction, short stories Published: 2000 I read it: January 2017 I remember a short story writing class at ISU where one of the texts was The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, and the story “Sea Oak” from this collection was definitely in that book. I instantly recalled the title, but…

The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip

Author: George Saunders Artist: Lane Smith Type: Fiction, short story Published: 2000 I read it: September 2016 I received a free copy of this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway. Compact is what Saunders does best (so far), and a fable for readers of all ages seems up his alley to such a degree it may…

Fox 8

Author: George Saunders Type: Fiction, short story (Kindle single) Published: 2013 I read it: March 2016 Our book club just finished discussing Tenth of December, and someone commented about how the medium of the short story encourages artistic ambition when it comes to form. Saunders is all about form and the lyricality of language (not…

Tenth of December

Author: George Saunders Type: Fiction, short stories Published: 2013 I read it: December 2015 Ten stories by the esteemed Mr. Saunders. I applaud sticking to the concept, sir. “Victory Lap” starts in a wave of uncertainty, with the risk of being odd to the point of inaccessibility. But partway through it becomes evident that the stream-of-consciusness…

Congratulations, by the way

Author: George Saunders Type: Non-fiction, essay Full title: Congratulations, by the way: Some Thoughts On Kindness Published: 2014 I read it: September 2015 This entry is really pushing (or shrinking) the limits of what you could call a “book,” but it deserves a proper review because someone actually did take the time to bind Saunders’…