Why was it, she sometimes wondered, that in dreams we can’t do the simplest things?
George Saunders, Tenth of December (2013)
The ten short stories of George Saunders’ Tenth of December reside in the not-too-distant future where there is a growing pressure to conform – to think, and feel, and act a certain way- and there are drugs to help you do it. Worryingly, it’s a world that doesn’t seem that far away from our own. It’s a world driven by money, appearances and material gain. Doesn’t that sound all too familiar?