George Saunders secured his spot in the American literary canon on the strength of his short stories alone. But with the exception of a couple novellas, he hadn’t written a work of sustained length. So readers were left to wonder: Could he write a novel that’s any good? We have the answer.
As we inaugurate a president who believes climate change is a hoax, whose cabinet choices have made racist, homophobic, and xenophobic statements, and who has himself spoken hatefully and aggressively about immigrants, Muslims, women, and other marginalized communities, books are more essential than ever.