By George Saunders
(Riverhead Books, Paperback, 9781573228725, 208pp.)
Publication Date: June 2001
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Hailed by Thomas Pynchon as "graceful, dark, authentic, and funny," George Saunders now surpasses his "New York Times "Notable Book, "CivilWarLand in Bad Decline," with this bestselling collection of stories set against a warped, hilarious, and terrifyingly recognizable American landscape.
One of "Entertainment Weekly"'s Ten Best Books of the Year
"Artful and sophisicated... truly unusual. Imagine Lewis's Babbitt thrown into the backseat of a car going cross-country, driven by R. Crumb, Matt Groening, Lynda Barry, Harvey Pekar, or Spike Jonze." -- "The New York Times"
"Saunders is a provocateur, a moralist, a zealot, a lefty, and a funny, funny writer, and the stories in "Pastoralia "delight. We're very luck to have them." -- "Esquire.
George Saunders is the author of two short-story collections, "Pastoralia" and "CivilWarLand in Bad Decline," a finalist for the 1996 PEN/Heming-way Award. His work has received two National Magazine Awards and three times been included in O. Henry Awards collections. In 1999 he was chosen by "The New Yorker" as one of the twenty best American fiction writers age forty and under. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.
About the Illustrator
Lane Smith has illustrated several number-one national bestsellers, including "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!," "The Stinky Cheese Man," "Dr. Seuss's Hooray for Diffendoofer Day," and "James and the Giant Peach." Smith has twice won "The New York Times"'s Best Illustrated Book of the Year and in 1992 the Caldecott Honor. He is married to Molly Leach, the designer of this and many other books.