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George Saunders

USA flag (b.1958)

George Saunders's political novella The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil was published by Riverhead Trade Paperbacks in September 2005. He is also the author of Pastoralia and CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, both New York Times Notable Books, and The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip, a New York Times children's bestseller. In 2000, The New Yorker named him one of the "Best Writers Under 40." He writes regularly for The New Yorker and Harper's, as well as Esquire, GQ, and The New York Times Magazine. He won a National Magazine Award for Fiction in 2004 and his work is included in Best American Short Stories 2005. He teaches at Syracuse University.

Awards: Booker (2017), Writers' Prize (2014), PEN (2013), WFA (2006)  see all

Genres: Literary Fiction, Children's Fiction
   CivilWarLand in Bad Decline (1996)
   Pastoralia (2000)
   In Persuasion Nation (2006)
   Tenth of December (2013)
   Liberation Day (2022)
Novellas and Short Stories
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George Saunders recommends
American Spirits (2024)
Russell Banks
"I learned so much about storytelling and about our country reading these stories, and I finished the book full of gratitude that such a man, and a writer, as Russell Banks could have existed. We'll miss him and, I expect, won't see his like again."
Last Acts (2024)
Alexander Sammartino
"What a taut, energetic, tender, and wholly original debut novel Alexander Sammartino has written. He knows something deep about the dark heart of America that somehow doesn't stop him from writing about it with genuine, goofy love. Somewhere, Denis Johnson and Saul Bellow are smiling because their lineage--that of honest, highwire, virtuosic writing that summons up the world with all its charms and hazards, has found a worthy heir."
Tomb Sweeping (2023)
Alexandra Chang
"Alexandra Chang is a riveting and exciting presence in our literature. Her stories are honest, insightful, bold, and full of heart."

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Books containing stories by George Saunders
Growing Up Chicago (2022)
edited by
Lauren DeJulio Bell, Roxanne Pilat and David Schaafsma
The Best American Short Stories 2021 (2021)
(Best American Short Stories)
edited by
Jesmyn Ward

More books 

2017 Booker Prize : Lincoln in the Bardo
2014 The Writers' Prize for Fiction : Tenth of December
2013 PEN/Malamud Award
2006 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story : CommComm

Award nominations
2022 Ray Bradbury Prize (nominee) : Liberation Day
2019 Dublin Literary Award (nominee) : Lincoln in the Bardo
2018 Locus Award for Best First Novel (nominee) : Lincoln in the Bardo
2018 ALA Notable Books for Adults (nominee) : Lincoln in the Bardo
2013 National Book Award for Fiction (shortlist) : Tenth of December
2011 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction (nominee) : Home
2003 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction (nominee) : The Red Bow

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