Patricia Volk is an essayist, novelist and memoirist. She grew up in a restaurant-owning family in New York City. Random House hide caption

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George Saunders' previous books include In Persuasion Nation and The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip. He won a MacArthur Fellowship in 2006. Basso Cannarsa/Courtesy Random House hide caption

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