Category Short Story Collections

Tenth of December by George Saunders: Home

Home is a story about Mike, a veteran returning home. His house (his Ma’s house, actually) looks the same, more or less, but the people who make that house a home aren’t the same except for his Ma who is fiercely loyal to Mike. Ma’s old partner has moved out and her new partner, Harris […]

Tenth of December by George Saunders: The Semplica-Girl Diaries

The Semplica-Girl Diaries has a dystopian feel to it. Its epistolary narrative is written by a man who just turned forty. Although he hasn’t given up on the American Dream, his family with his wife, Pam and three children, Lilly, Thomas, and Eva are not well off. The narrator is a good man, caring for […]

Tenth of December by George Saunders: Al Roosten

The setting of Al Roosten is a Local Celebrity Auction, a charity event organized by a small town chamber of commerce to raise money to fight drugs. According to Al Roosten, the title character, himself and Donfrey are “the twin pillars of the local business community.” But in reality, Al is running a failing business […]

Tenth of December by George Saunders: Exhortation

Now I’m not sure what this was all about. In a memo, Todd, a low-level manager explains the importance of positive outlook to his underlings. He tells them about the dead whale which he and a few of his friends had to lift onto a flatbed. They had first tried to lift the dead carcass […]

Tenth of December by George Saunders: Escape from Spiderhead

Escape from Spiderhead is a tale that looks into a dystopian future, where convicts can either enter experimental drug testing programs or serve time in prison. After Jeff was convicted for murder, his mother had spent all her savings to get him out of real jail, and put him to a drug testing program. So […]

Tenth of December by George Saunders: Puppy

Puppy by George Saunders is thought-provoking. The story alternates between the perspective of two mothers, Marie and Callie, whose sons have behavioral disorders. Puppy begins by looking into the life of Marie. She is a suburban mother who keeps her son; Josh’s violent outbursts under control by having him glued to a video game. Marie’s […]

Tenth of December by George Saunders: Sticks

Sticks, the second story in Tenth of December is possibly the shortest in the collection. Sticks is the story of a grown man reminiscing memories of his father. The Dad in the story is a strict, controlling parent who yelled at his children over trivial things like wasting a slice of an apple and monitored the […]

Tenth of December by George Saunders: Victory Lap

Victory Lap which was first published in The New Yorker is the first story in George Saunders’ award-winning short story collection, Tenth of December. The story begins with the perspective of Alison Pope, a teenage girl who is almost fifteen. We find her daydreaming – imagining herself in a grand ball looking for her “special […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: A Few Problems in the Day Case Unit by Georgina Hammick

Today I read the final short story in The Persephone Book of Short Stories. It has been quite a journey with this book. I was introduced to new authors, had the opportunity to see life from different viewpoints, and live vicariously through some characters! (Sigh!) I am going to miss reading this book! Georgina Hammick’s […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: World Apart by Penelope Fitzgerald

Penelope Fitzgerald is not a new author to me. I have read two of her books – The Bookshop, and The Blue Flower – and have Offshore (Man Booker winner, 1979) in my TBR pile. It has been a while since I read her works, so World Apart short story was a good refresher for […]