Thomas Frank (Harper’s, Founder of The Baffler) says this in reviewing George Packer’s National Book Award-winning book The Unwinding:
George Packerâ€™s The Unwinding is a minor masterpiece of the social-disintegration genreâ€”a beautifully written, clinically observed story of the slow-rolling economic transformation that has, over the last 30-odd years, made vast parts of America into a destitute wasteland while lifting a fortunate few to a kind of heaven on earth…
Public Books â€” Storybook Plutocracy.
Winners, 2013 National Book Awards:
- Fiction:Â The Good Lord Bird, by James McBride
- NonfictionÂ The Unwinding, by George Packer
- Poetry:Â Incarnadine, by Mary Sybist
- Young Peopleâ€™s Literature:Â The Thing About Luck, by Cynthia Kadohata
Winner/Poet Mary Sybist provides the night’s winning quote: â€œThereâ€™s plenty that poetry cannot do, but the miracle of course, is how much it can do, is how much it does do.â€
McBride, Packer win big at the 2013 National Book Awards | MobyLives.