Books by George Saunders

George Saunders was born December 2, 1958 and raised on the south side of Chicago. In 1981 he received a B.S. in Geophysical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. He worked at Radian International, an environmental engineering fir


CONGRATULATIONS, BY THE WAY by George Saunders
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 15, 2014

"A slim volume appropriate as a graduation gift."
Another example of an author who might well reach a wider audience through a graduation speech than through anything else he has written. Read full book review >
TENTH OF DECEMBER by George Saunders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Nobody writes quite like Saunders."
A new story collection from the most playful postmodernist since Donald Barthelme, with narratives that can be enjoyed on a number of different levels. Read full book review >
THE BRAINDEAD MEGAPHONE by George Saunders
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 4, 2007

"Much smarter and more stimulating than the typical author's clean-out-the-closet collection."
This provocatively engaging collection illuminates the thought processes of one of America's masters of literary gamesmanship. Read full book review >
IN PERSUASION NATION by George Saunders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2006

"Many readers will be glad that they don't live in Persuasion Nation, though the most perceptive will recognize that we already do."
Within this series of thematically linked stories, consumerism goes haywire in a country and era somewhat like our own. Read full book review >
THE BRIEF AND FRIGHTENING REIGN OF PHIL by George Saunders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2005

"For those who appreciate speculative, experimental fiction, a mind-bending work inviting readers to ponder the nature of parable and the possibilities of language."
With an absurdist wit as playful as Monty Python's and a vision as dark as Samuel Beckett's, a post-modernist spins a provocative parable of political power and its abuses. Read full book review >
PASTORALIA by George Saunders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2000

" Being inside the teeming heads of these folks is amusing and enlightening. So accurately are they rendered, in all their flawed glory, that they appear not only perfectly human but familiar."
The freakish, cowed characters filling Saunders's acclaimed debut, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline (1995), have spawned a new crop of unhappy, scabrously comic campers in these six stories, as the struggle among them to be happy and do the right thing continues. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

A debut collection so friendly and casual in style (pieces first appeared in Harper's and The New Yorker) that it takes a while before you realize what a frightening world Saunders has created. Read full book review >