It’s tough to make a mainstream name for yourself as a writer — even when you’re a writer who’s won a MacArthur “Genius” Award. Hence, that deliberately provocative headline of The Times Magazine article, which succeeded in its goal of making me want to read Saunders’ new collection of short stories called, Tenth of December. It would be so satisfying to topple that Olympian Times pronouncement, but, in good conscience, I can’t do it. Tenth of December probably will turn out to be one of the best new books I read in 2013 because Saunders is, indeed, something special.
The article Corrigan references is "George Saunders Has Written the Best Book You’ll Read This Year" from a couple of weeks ago and, if you haven’t already, it is worth the read.
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