Liberation Day: Stories (Large Print / Library Binding)

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Liberation Day: Stories (Large Print / Library Binding)

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“When I read this collection, I knew I was looking at one of the finest, most complete, most skillfully-created literary works I have ever experienced. A masterwork that will surely become one of the most noteworthy books of the decade.”
— Sophia Hardin, Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, WA

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George Saunders's short stories are brilliant, tragic, manic little universes of thirty pages that will swallow up your heart and soul before you even realize it’s happening. The weird thing is that even if you don't like his novels, you should give his short stories a try. (Case in point: he's not my favorite novelist by a long shot. I haven't liked one of his novels yet.) Liberation Day comprises nine of his varied universes, and you will find something familiar reflected in each of them.
One story outlines a tragic future where the poor become marionettes for the amusement of the rich and ruling class. Yet another follows a suburban woman whose imagination begins to have dire real life consequences. In Love Letter, a man writes to his nephew and laments the authoritarian reality in which they live, all the while warning the young man of the danger of his idealism. 
All of his characters are vibrant and feel authentic, no matter how briefly they dance across the page. Saunders is a skillful storyteller, who strips away superfluous elements from the story, leaving it sharper and more impactful while remaining impartial and non-judgemental towards the protagonists. Perhaps that is my favorite part about reading Saunders: he reminds us of our obligation to try and understand other points of view and encourages his readers to remain open-minded even in these polarizing times.
— Matt

Booker Prize winner George Saunders returns with a collection of short stories that grapple with the complexities of our increasingly troubled world, his first since the New York Times bestseller Tenth of December.

The "best short-story writer in English" (Time) is back with a masterful collection that explores ideas of power, ethics, and justice and cuts to the very heart of what it means to live in community with our fellow humans. With his trademark prose--wickedly funny, unsentimental, and exquisitely tuned--Saunders continues to challenge and surprise: Here is a collection of prismatic, resonant stories that encompass joy and despair, oppression and revolution, bizarre fantasy and brutal reality.

"Love Letter" is a tender missive from grandfather to grandson, in the midst of a dystopian political situation in the (not too distant, all too believable) future, that reminds us of our obligations to our ideals, ourselves, and one another. "Ghoul" is set in a Hell-themed section of an underground amusement park in Colorado and follows the exploits of a lonely, morally complex character named Brian, who comes to question everything he takes for granted about his reality. In "Mother's Day," two women who loved the same man come to an existential reckoning in the middle of a hailstorm. In "Elliott Spencer," our eighty-nine-year-old protagonist finds himself brainwashed, his memory "scraped"--a victim of a scheme in which poor, vulnerable people are reprogrammed and deployed as political protesters. And "My House"--in a mere seven pages--comes to terms with the haunting nature of unfulfilled dreams and the inevitability of decay.

Together, these nine subversive, profound, and essential stories coalesce into a case for viewing the world with the same generosity and clear-eyed attention Saunders does, even in the most absurd of circumstances.
George Saunders is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eleven books, including A Swim in a Pond in the Rain; Lincoln in the Bardo, which won the Booker Prize; Congratulations, by the Way; Tenth of December, a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the inaugural Folio Award; The Braindead Megaphone; and the critically acclaimed collections CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, Pastoralia, and In Persuasion Nation. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.

Product Details ISBN: 9798885782784
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: November 30th, 2022
Language: English