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Amazon Asks: George Saunders, on Writing That Doesn't Suck

Picked as one of our Best Books of the Month, George Saunders' brilliant short story collection Tenth of December has become a national bestseller and something of a phenomenon, an example of the lasting power of the short story form. During his visit to Seattle, Saunders spent time with us at the Brave Horse Tavern, where he discussed how the short story format is "beautifully suited to the way we live."

>Read New York Times Magazine's profile, "George Saunders Has Written the Best Book You’ll Read This Year"

>Among the writers Saunders mentioned as influencing his work: Tobias Wolff, Alice Munro, Stuart Dybek, William Trevor, Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver, Isaac Babel, and Lorrie Moore.

>Writers he's reading: Adam Levin and Horatio Moya.

>See all of George Saunders' books.

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


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