by George Saunders.
Quickie recap: Collection of short stories, including: the despondency of characters forced to shill products in commercials, where TV characters go to die, how death saves religious fanatics from themselves.
Quickie review: Almost any collection will struggle to remain consistent, and this was no different, but I was drawn in by the first story and was impressed by the high caliber of writing, page after page. These stories were compelling and fresh; truly I don't think I've read anything so different but still worthy in a long while.
Quickie recommendation: Yuppers.