Tag Archives: Random House Trade Paperbacks

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

I won Behold the Dreamers in a giveaway lovely Nikki hosted last year but hadn’t got around reading it. With the crisis of child separation at borders making headlines in the US, I realized now is the best time for me to read it. Behold the Dreamers, which takes a close look at immigrants and […]

Tenth of December by George Saunders: Tenth of December

I struggled a lot with this story at first. It starts with Robin, a little boy who is constantly bullied at school. So his fantasies, in which he is a hero, has become key to his survival. On the day the story takes place, Robin is on a mission to save Suzanne from homeroom who […]

Tenth of December by George Saunders: My Chivalric Fiasco

My Chivalric Fiasco is set in a theme park which is based on medieval court life. One night Martha from scullery gets raped by the theme park’s boss, and Ted, a janitor is the only one who knows it. The boss tries to get away with it by promoting both Martha and Ted in exchange […]

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: 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: 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 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 amount […]

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 […]