Tenth of December by George Saunders
This month, host Paul Gallagher is joined by two Scottish writers, Kirsty Logan and Gavin Inglis, to discuss Tenth of December, the new collection of short stories from George Saunders.
Saunders has received many awards and accolades for his short story writing, most recently the inaugural Folio Prize, yet he is far from a household name. Tenth of December is a dark collection of stories with a sci-fi feel that explores a near-dystopian American society and the lives of those living in it. But did it divide our panel as much as it divided reviewers, whose opinions ranged from “the best book you'll read this year” to “rather insubstantial”?
Listen now to find out what our panel thought about this collection, and whether short stories can ever match the literary experience of a novel.
Listen to George Saunders reading Sticks, a story from Tenth of December and discuss how he writes, on the previous episode of Book Talk.
BookTalk is produced by Colin Fraser of Culture Laser Productions.