Sorry Please Thank You by Charles Yu
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...wonderfully and often comically pleasing, even as it provokes and transforms. I don't know that there's a better story-bending talent at work than Yu since the rise of George Saunders.
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The author of the widely praised debut novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe returns with a hilarious, heartbreaking, and utterly original collection of short stories.
 
A big-box store employee is confronted by a zombie during the graveyard shift, a problem that pales in comparison to his inability to ask a coworker out on a date . . . A fighter leads his band of virtual warriors, thieves, and wizards across a deadly computer-generated landscape, but does he have what it takes to be a hero? . . . A company outsources grief for profit, its slogan: “Don’t feel like having a bad day? Let someone else have it for you.”
 
Drawing from both pop culture and science, Charles Yu is a brilliant observer of contemporary society, and in Sorry Please Thank You he fills his stories with equal parts laugh-out-loud humor and piercing insight into the human condition. He has already garnered comparisons to such masters as Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams, and in this new collection we have resounding proof that he has arrived (via a wormhole in space-time) as a major new voice in American fiction.

 

About Charles Yu

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Charles Yu received the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 Award for his story collection Third Class Superhero, and he has also received the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award. His work has been published in the Harvard Review, The Gettysburg Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Mississippi Review, and Mid-American Review, among other journals. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Michelle, and their two children.
 
Published July 24, 2012 by Vintage. 241 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Douglas Wolk on Oct 26 2012

The prose of “Sorry Please Thank You” is deliberately...flattened often enough that when Yu raises its emotional pitch the results can come off as overheated by comparison. That’s a pity...

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Reviewed by Menachem Kaiser on Jul 20 2012

Plenty of writers sacrifice too much on the altar of creativity. But Mr. Yu's case is particularly frustrating...

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Reviewed by Alan Cheuse on Jul 24 2012

...wonderfully and often comically pleasing, even as it provokes and transforms. I don't know that there's a better story-bending talent at work than Yu since the rise of George Saunders.

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