Pastoralia Summary
George Saunders

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Pastoralia Overview

Pastoralia is a short story collection by George Saunders. Each story originally appeared in The New Yorker. In the collection, George Saunders employs his signature style of satire to criticize various aspects of American culture, from corporate exploitation of the working class to personal shallowness to selfishness and family dysfunction. The stories are arch and comical while still employing moments of deep pathos and emotional immediacy. The collection as a whole explores many themes, including family, interpersonal dysfunction, financial hardship, death, optimism versus pessimism, and personal alienation.