In Persuasion Nation
US release cover
|April 20, 2006|
|Media type||Print (hardcover)|
In Persuasion Nation is short story writer George Saunders’s third full length short story collection. Composed of 11 stories originally published between 1999 and 2005, the collection incorporates elements of satire and science fiction and deals with themes of discontent in turn-of-the-millennium America. The collection has stories that appeared in different forms in The New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, and McSweeney's. As a whole, the collection was a finalist for the 2006 Story Prize.
|Story||Originally published in||Year|
|"I CAN SPEAK!TM"||The New Yorker||1999|
|"My Flamboyant Grandson"||The New Yorker||2002|
|"Jon"||The New Yorker||2003|
|"My Amendment"||The New Yorker||2004|
|"The Red Bow"||Esquire||2003|
|"Christmas" -- Original title: "Chicago Christmas, 1984"||The New Yorker||2003|
|"Adams"||The New Yorker||2004|
|"93990" -- Originally published as Part IV of "Four Institutional Monologues"||McSweeney's||2000|
|"Brad Carrigan, American"||Harper's||2005|
|"In Persuasion Nation"||Harper's||2005|
|"The Barber's Unhappiness"||The New Yorker||2004|
|"CommComm"||The New Yorker||2005|
Awards, Honors and Other Appearances
- "The Red Bow" won the 2004 National Magazine Award for Fiction. It was also a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award. It was also reprinted in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventeenth Annual Collection, edited by Ellen Datlow, Gavin J. Grant and Kelly Link.
- "Bohemians" appeared in the 2005 Best American Short Stories.
- "My Flamboyant Grandson" was nominated for the 2003 Locus Poll Award for Best Short Story.
- "93990" was reprinted in The Secret History of Science Fiction, edited by James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel.
- "Jon" was reprinted in Science Fiction: The Best of 2003, edited by Karen Haber and Jonathan Strahan.
- "CommComm" won the World Fantasy Award for short story, and was reprinted in Fantasy: The Best of the Year: 2006, edited by Rich Horton.