"Mother's Day" by George Saunders Originally published in the February 8 & 15, 2016 issue of The New Yorker. Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage.
Saunders made a gigantic splash with Tenth of December, his collection of short stories that The New York Times declared the best book of 2013 in January of that year. He was all over the place, and people thought there’d be a resurgence of the short story (I don’t know if that has happened or not). I was a bit sad that I couldn’t join the cheers. I loved George Saunders’ work up until he started publishing the pieces that eventually made Tenth of December. Those stories started to feel familiar, which is weird considering the content of something like “The Semplica-Girl Diaries” (post here). But it wasn’t the content that was the issue; it was the tone and structure that felt familiar.
That all said, I’m very excited that Saunders is back with this week’s story. The last time he published anything in The New Yorker was October 8, 2012, when “The Semplica-Girl Diaries” showed up. I haven’t revisited anything of his since early 2013. Three years without George Saunders has made me miss George Saunders.
I can’t wait to read the story and see what you all think! Leave your comments below!