In Persuasion Nation

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Riverhead Publishing, 2007 - Fiction - 228 pages
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Talking candy bars, baby geniuses, disappointed mothers, castrated dogs, interned teenagers, and moral fables-all in this hilarious and heartbreaking collection. The best work yet from an author hailed as the heir to Kurt Vonnegut and Thomas Pynchon.
 
"The first thing you ought to know is that Saunders is the funniest writer in America... [But] Saunders's laughs are a cover, a diversion, beneath which reside some profoundly serious intentions regarding the morality of how we live and hte power of love and immanent death to transform us into vastly better creatures... I can't think of another writer who would try to do what Saunders is doing, or anything close to it. This is an important book." -- The Nation

"Saunders is a hilarious, wicked, and pitch-perfect satirist of our times, of course, but for a satirist he has a whole lot of heart." -- Esquire

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User Review  - mrgan - LibraryThing

A few good stories here, but the bulk of it is rather heavy-handed, repetitive, story-killing, one-note critique of contemporary consumerism. Nothing wrong with that as a topic—it just doesn't need to be stabbed over and over in the same exact wound. Read full review

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User Review  - nivramkoorb - LibraryThing

George Saunders is wildly creative and a great short story writer. This collection is the 4th I've read by Saunders and they are all very good. He is very surreal so he may not appeal to everyone. He ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

George Saunders is the author of Tenth of December; In Persuasion Nation; The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil; Pastoralia; CivilWarLand in Bad Decline; The Braindead Megaphone; and a children's book, The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip. His work appears regularly in the New Yorker, Harper's and GQ. In 2006, he was awarded a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant." In 2000, The New Yorker named him one of the "Best Writers Under 40." He teaches at Syracuse University.

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