In Persuasion Nation by George Saunders

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Tenth of December, a 2013 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.

Talking candy bars, baby geniuses, disappointed mothers, castrated dogs, interned teenagers, and moral fables—all in this hilarious and heartbreaking collection 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
 

About George Saunders

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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."
 
Published April 20, 2006 by Riverhead Books. 256 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Exceptions to the variety of first-person voices are two of the longer stories at the collection’s center: “Brad Carrigan, American” finds a television series under threat of cancellation resorting to increasingly extreme measures to sustain interest (and in the process probing the morality of an...

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Roger, the compulsively brutal narrator of "Adams" — a thoroughly unpleasant, stunningly effective story — feels justified in his violence because he's protecting his family against Frank Adams, his possibly pedophile neighbor.

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Entertainment Weekly

George Saunders' sensibility is Pynchon-meets-Wonder Showzen, often taking ideas to illogical extremes: A man objects to ''Samish-Sex Marriage'' (''Isn't it odd that this somewhat effeminate man should be married to this somewhat masculine woman?'').

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Charles May Boston Globe 3 of 5 Stars "A few of the stories of In Persuasion Nation highlight Saunders at his most original, but the collection is uneven, and probably suffers from its themes repeated back to back—what can seem brilliant at the beginning … can also become a weary march of se...

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