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.
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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...Read Full Review of Sorry Please Thank You: Stories | See more reviews from NY Times
Plenty of writers sacrifice too much on the altar of creativity. But Mr. Yu's case is particularly frustrating...Read Full Review of Sorry Please Thank You: Stories | See more reviews from WSJ online
...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.Read Full Review of Sorry Please Thank You: Stories | See more reviews from NPR
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