By George Saunders

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"This booklet is a unprecedented occasion: a super new satirist bursting out of the gate in complete stride, wildly humorous, natural, generous—all nice stand-up comedian should still be."
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"An astoundingly tuned voice—graceful, darkish, real, and funny—telling simply the categories of reports we have to get us via those times."
—Thomas Pynchon

"Scary, hilarious, and unforgettable . . . George Saunders is a author of arresting brilliance and originality."
—Tobias Wolff

"A cool satirist and a depraved stylist. The quirkiest and so much entire short-story debut when you consider that Barry Hannah's Airships."
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"Ingenious . . . packed with savage humor and originality [and] hot brilliance . . . the writer creates a nightmarish post-apocalyptic international that may were predicted through Walt Disney on acid."
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"The debut of a thrilling new voice in fiction. Mr. Saunders writes just like the illegitimate offspring of [Nathaniel] West and Kurt Vonnegut, might be a far off relative of Mark Leyner and Steven Wright. He's a savage satirist with a sentimental streak who delineates, in those pages, the darkish underbelly of the yank dream: the losses, delusions, and terrors suffered by means of the lonely, the disenfranchised, the downtrodden and the apparent unfortunate. . . . weird and wonderful occasions pop up usually in CivilWarLand like highway indicators on a street, directing the reader towards the darkish middle of Mr. Saunders's the USA. What powers the tales alongside is Mr. Saunders's splendidly demented language, his ear for absurdity and slang, his personal patented mix of psychobabble, techno-talk and existential angst. Mr. Saunders's satiric imaginative and prescient of the United States is darkish and demented; it's also ferocious and intensely funny."
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Some of the stuff is matted in her hair. “Yes,” she says, moving over and nodding at the Jell-O. “And there’s room for you. ” *** please don’t be upset 65 At my house, the door is open. There are hairs scattered across the living room floor and on the couch. Hairs in the bathroom sink. Hairs on my bed. I sweep them up and scrub, happy I can’t find any other hairs, but then I cough up a wad of them. My tweezers are in the bottom drawer underneath the bathroom sink. They are rusted and stained with white, which is probably toothpaste.

Please don’t be upset 33 I can’t sleep. I get up every twenty minutes and shine a flashlight into the backyard. Their eyes shine back at me. One sits at the bottom of the steps. Its antlers are close enough to touch. I read that antlers are bones that die and are shed at the end of each mating season. By the next season the deer will grow a new set of antlers that will soon be dead bone and also shed. *** Somehow the deer get into our house. I don’t know how. Maybe they ran up the back stairs.

Knots her. He makes her into a nice little cube. Maybe the cube is rough, mangled and uneven, but it is manageable. He can carry it places. Store it easily. Pull it out when he needs to. This is the way with their love. Even after he has made her into a cube, her hands still crawl and tramp about the house. Her right hand is a constant source of discord. It claws at doors, cracks windows, breaks the toilet lid off, shatters it and attempts to flush the pieces down the drain. Sometimes he finds the hand beneath the coffee table, trying to unfold his wife’s body.

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