The Booker Prize-winning author shares what makes great stories work and what they can tell us about ourselves - and our world today.


For the last twenty years, George Saunders has been teaching a class on the Russian short story to his MFA students. In A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, he shares some of what he and his students have discovered.


Paired with iconic short stories by Chekhov, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Gogol, the seven essays in this book are for anyone interested in how fiction works and why it's more relevant than ever in these turbulent times.

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain; George Saunders