Friday, February 15, 2013

"The Best Book You'll Read This Year"

George Saunders, who visits Albany this coming Wednesday, is achieving a kind of popular renown and name recognition that is usually unknown to literary short story writers.

This January 2013 New York Times article certainly helped introduce him to a wider readership:

George Saunders Has Written the Best Book You’ll Read This Year

It’s the trope of all tropes to say that a writer is “the writer for our time.” Still, if we were to define “our time” as a historical moment in which the country we live in is dropping bombs on people about whose lives we have the most abstracted and unnuanced ideas, and who have the most distorted notions of ours; or a time in which some of us are desperate simply for a job that would lead to the ability to purchase a few things that would make our kids happy and result in an uptick in self- and family esteem; or even just a time when a portion of the population occasionally feels scared out of its wits for reasons that are hard to name, or overcome with emotion when we see our children asleep, or happy when we risk revealing ourselves to someone and they respond with kindness — if we define “our time” in these ways, then George Saunders is the writer for our time.

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Read more about Saunders' visit to the New York State Writers Institute on Wed., Feb. 20th here: