In Persuasion Nation

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In Persuasion Nation
US release cover
Author George Saunders
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Riverhead Books
Publication date
April 20, 2006
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 240 p.
ISBN 1-59448-922-X
Preceded by The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil
Followed by Tenth of December: Stories

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.[1]


  • "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" (Originally published as "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)
  • "Bohemians" (The New Yorker, 2004)
  • "CommComm" (The New Yorker, 2005)

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