George Saunders might be my new favorite author. I know you may have heard that from a lot of people lately, but trust me, it’s for good reason.
His settings tend to border on science fiction, but don’t expect any aliens or ray guns in this book. If his point can be better made in a universe that doesn’t quite match up with our own, then that is where the story will be set.
His language is not flowery or elaborate. Instead, it’s punchy, to the point, and often hilarious. In very few words he makes you understand the personalities of his characters so well that even if you hate them, you have to sympathize with them. Through a style entirely his own, Saunders explores the awkward and uncomfortable aspects of human nature.
This is my favorite book so far this year.