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George Saunders: “I want to tell the truth about what really matters in a simple way”

George Saunders has a Guggenheim and a MacArthur, was called one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine, and was credited with changing the trajectory of American fiction by the Wall Street Journal.

But in 2013 he added an even more impressive accolade. He was named one of Salon's sexiest men.

Well, that's true, yes, but the really surprising thing about Saunders in 2013 is that he became a New York Times best-selling writer with his latest story collection, "Tenth of December." There might not have been more heartening literary news all year than the fact that one of our bravest and most essential voices found the mass audience to match. Let alone a generous, kind guy. This month, the collection arrives in paperback.

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