Short Story Authors to Check Out if You Like George Saunders

Thanks for the list request Ann Marie! I love George Saunders. Here are other favorites of mine who walk some similar terrain.
  1. Lorrie Moore
    My current favorite. Funny, dark, still warmly accessible. Pitch perfect ear. My choice: Birds of America.
  2. Miranda July
    Walks the line beautifully between abstract and specific. Contemporary, inspired, emotional, not afraid to be raw or pretty. My choice: No One Belongs Here More Than You
  3. Simon Rich
    The funniest of this group. People might read Saunders for depth first, and end up happily surprised by his wicked sense of humor; Simon Rich, a young author rightly acclaimed for his hilarious New Yorker pieces, is funny on the surface and then you end up surprised by the depth and emotion. My choice: Spoiled Brats.
  4. J.D. Salinger
    The master of the spare, dark line between cynicism and sensitivity. My choice: Nine Stories.