In Persuasion Nation by George Saunders
Reviewed by Anna Godbersen
"The man kneeling in gravel to smell a flower on the cover of George Saunders's newest collection is lumbering, buzz-cut, and poignantly focused on one speck of natural beauty. He might be any one of the mixed-up heroes of In Persuasion Nation. These are men caught in a brave new world of ramped-up advertising and corporate speak; the world is not of their making, but they are giving it an earnest go. There is, for instance, Rick Sminks, Product Service Representative for KidLuv Inc., whose bureaucratic letter to a disgruntled consumer of the I CAN SPEAK!??? (a product that gives six-month-olds the appearance of saying sophisticated phrases) reveals his own fraught but loving efforts as a father...." Read the entire Esquire Review.