Books by Charles Yu
by Charles Yu
- Hardcover, 239 pages
NPR stories about Charles Yu
Smartphones and tablets just need a flick of a finger to keep us updated about news and friends anytime, anywhere. As much as we're connected, though, we're also detached. That's a big theme in a new book of short stories by author Charles Yu.
Charles Yu's collection Sorry Please Thank You embraces the tradition of experimental fiction that dates back to Gertrude Stein, playfully spinning fictions with a speculative edge. NPR critic Alan Cheuse says he's the best "story-bending talent" since George Saunders.
Fold, founder, flop: That's what the protagonists of these three books do well. Author Lysley Tenorio recommends stories about men whose good intentions are undeniable, if not always admirable. Have a favorite story about failure? Tell us what it is in the comments below.
In How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, Charles Yu grafts the laws of theoretical physics onto the yearnings of the human heart. His time paradoxes are playful and clever — but he also describes a universe-wide emotional gap with a haunting, melancholic air.
Charles Yu's collection of short stories explores issues of identity and choice through empathetic characters like low-level superhero Moisture Man.