Available Copies: Downtown 1st Floor, Malletts Adult, Pittsfield Adult, West Adult
Victory lap -- Sticks -- Puppy -- Escape from Spiderhead -- Exhortation -- Al Roosten -- The Semplica girl diaries -- Home -- My chivalric fiasco -- Tenth of Dcember.
A collection of stories includes "Home," a wryly whimsical account of a soldier's return from war; "Victory Lap," a tale about an inventive abduction attempt; and the title story, in which a suicidal cancer patient saves the life of a young misfit.
Saunders presents an amazing collection of short stories in The Tenth of December. The story settings range from modern day American suburbia to an undefined, futuristic era where chemicals control human emotion. My two favorites of the book were "Victory Lap," about a teenaged boy struggling to do the right thing when the girl next door is in danger, and "Tenth of December," about a young boy who revives the spirit of a gentleman who is terminally ill. The characters' voices in each of the stories are rich and dynamic, and they lift off the page. Many (most) of the stories are unsettling and uncomfortable to read, but I found that experience refreshing and provocative. Highly recommend!