Tonight they announced that Tenth of December, by George Saunders, has won this years Story Prize (click here for the official post at The Story Prize website).
I have read most of the stories in Tenth of December, and I liked maybe half of them. The rest felt like he was relying on a formula, or, if not a formula, a style that has become his trademark. I think it’s time I finished the book, though, and saw whether I’ve come around.
The other finalists were Bobcat, by Rebecca Lee, and Archangel, by Andrea Barrett. I’ve been working my way through those and my vote would have gone to Archangel. Still, congratulations to George Saunders!