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George Saunders

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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.

Genres: Literary Fiction, Children's Fiction

Non fiction
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book nominee (2013) : Tenth of December
Rathbone Folio Prize Best Book winner (2014) : Tenth of December
Booker Prize Best Novel winner (2017) : Lincoln in the Bardo
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Book nominee (2019) : Lincoln in the Bardo

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Florida (2003)
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War Trash (2004)
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American Youth (2007)
Phil LaMarche
"The most compelling and exciting debut novel in years... LaMarche proves that there are still young geniuses among us."
One of the Boys (2017)
Daniel Magariel
"Brilliant, urgent, darkly funny, heartbreaking-a tour de force."
Wait Till You See Me Dance (2017)
Deb Olin Unferth
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Peach (2018)
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The Mars Room (2018)
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We Begin Our Ascent (2018)
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"A dazzling debut-fast, harrowing, compelling."
Goodnight Stranger (2019)
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The Nickel Boys (2019)
Colson Whitehead
"[Whitehead] is a splendidly talented writer, with more range than any other American novelist currently working—he can be funny, lyrical, satirical, earnest—whatever is needed by the work."
Days of Distraction (2020)
Alexandra Chang
"Startlingly original and deeply moving.... Chang here establishes herself as one of the most important of the new generation of American writers."
Bubblegum (2020)
Adam Levin
"Adam Levin is one of our wildest writers and our funniest, and Bubblegum is a dazzling accomplishment of wit and inventiveness."
Alien Stories (2021)
E C Osondu
"A vital voice in the short story, telling us new truths with deep humanity."
Afterparties (2021)
Anthony Veasna So
"A wildly energetic, heartfelt, original debut by a young writer of exceptional promise. These stories, powered by So’s skill with the telling detail, are like beams of wry, affectionate light, falling from different directions on a complicated, struggling, beloved American community."
All's Well (2021)
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"A dazzling wild ride of a novel – daring, fresh, entertaining, and magical. Mona Awad is a powerful and poetic storyteller, telling us something new and profound here about the connection between suffering and elation. When I was away from this book, I longed to get back to it."

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