[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0812993802″ locale=”us” height=”333″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41s5a67k2WL.jpg” width=”226″ alt=”George Saunders” ]Haunting and Compassionate
A Feature Review of
The Tenth of December: Stories
Hardback: Random House, 2013.
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Reviewed by Matt Miles.
“Victory Lap”, the first story in Tenth of December, covers a topic that’s been making its rounds again in public conversation of late: helicopter parenting. What separates George Saunders’s short story from the bulk of articles and opinion columns reveals an almost embarrassing oversight for the latter: the narrative belongs to the children themselves. This choice serves the darkly funny and disturbing tone of the story without betraying a true sense of compassion that runs throughout. That sense of empathy runs through all of Saunders’s stories in general, and the ones in Tenth of December are no exception. No matter how outrageous or surreal his stories are, a sort of kindness grounds them, making them worthy of multiple rereads.