Saturday, January 20, 2007

A new book from George Saunders

Yay! It's about bloody time. I didn't even hear about it, or see it in stores, but according to a fansite it is, indeed, out!

I have loved George Saunders' work ever since I first read his short story
Winky in one of those "Best American Short Stories" anthologies (1999, perhaps?) His stories are full of weirdness, satire, humor and poignancy. If I'm in the wrong mood, they can make me cry. I've been pleased to see his star rising in The New Yorker: he lights up what I feel is their consistently weakest feature, the "Shouts and Murmurs". I've read his short stories here and there as they've been published in that magazine. Now they're in anthology form, and I can't wait to read them! I think I know what I'm doing with that $30 B&N giftcard I got for Christmas!