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Liberation Day: Stories
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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.

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"It's that equilibrium of groundbreaking craft and bone-deep compassion-plus his rangy, tilt-a-whirl voice-that raises Saunders above other masters of the form."-The Boston Globe

"Part of the Saunders elixir is that we feel more empathetic after reading his work
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"-The San Francisco Chronicle

"Liberation Day is great art ... winningly readable ... Whether exploring recognisable social and political dilemmas, taking us somewhere else entirely, or doing both at the same time, Saunders never denies us the solid satisfactions of plot, jokes, character, pacing and lovely phrasemaking."-The Daily Telegraph (UK)

"The nine stories in Liberation Day are by turn exhilarating, sad, mindbendingly bizarre and wickedly funny. All are stamped with Saunders's quirky, profoundly moral sensibility, and his fury at repression and coercion."-The Sunday Times (UK)

"Utterly moving ... terrific ... Worth reading for 'Love Letter' alone."-The Independent (UK)

"Masterful"-i paper (UK)

"Saunders has revealed himself to be nothing less than an American Gogol: funny, pointed, full of nuance, and always writing with a moral heart. This, his first book of short fiction in nearly a decade, only cements the validity of such a point of view. The nine pieces here are smart and funny, speculative yet at the same time written on a human scale, narratives full of love and loss and longing and the necessity of trying to connect."-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Saunders's vision of diabolically intrusive tyranny undermining democracy possesses the keen absurdity of Kurt Vonnegut, while his more subtle stories align with the gothic edge of Shirley Jackson. . . . Each of these flawless fables inspires reflection on the fragility of freedom and the valor of the human spirit."-Booklist (starred review)

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