CivilWarLand in bad decline: stories and a novella

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Riverhead Books, 1997 - Fiction - 179 pages
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"Mr. Saunders writes like the illegitimate offspring of Nathaniel West and Kurt Vonnegut, perhaps a distant relative of Mark Leyner and Steven Wright. . . . Mr. Saunders' satiric vision of America is dark, and demented; it is also ferocious and very funny".--"The New York Times".

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User Review  - klburnside - LibraryThing

I kept forgetting I was reading this book, and would put it down for days. And then I would lose it. And then I would forget what was happening. Then I would forget which dystopian world I was in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Hagelstein - LibraryThing

With George Saunders you get truth embedded in satire. You also get lines like this: “My counselor is Mr. Poppet, a gracious and devout man who’s always tightening his butt cheeks when he thinks no ... Read full review


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About the Author
George Saunders is the author of two short-story collections, "Pastoralia" and "CivilWarLand in Bad Decline," a finalist for the 1996 PEN/Heming-way Award. His work has received two National Magazine Awards and three times been included in O. Henry Awards collections. In 1999 he was chosen by "The New Yorker" as one of the twenty best American fiction writers age forty and under. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.
About the Illustrator
Lane Smith has illustrated several number-one national bestsellers, including "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!," "The Stinky Cheese Man," "Dr. Seuss's Hooray for Diffendoofer Day," and "James and the Giant Peach." Smith has twice won "The New York Times"'s Best Illustrated Book of the Year and in 1992 the Caldecott Honor. He is married to Molly Leach, the designer of this and many other books.

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