Third Class Superhero by Charles Yu

Third Class Superhero

byCharles Yu

Kobo ebook | September 5, 2006

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Charles Yu experiments with form and genre to explore the stories we tell ourselves while navigating contemporary life. In "Third Class Superhero," a would- be good guy must come to terms with the darkness in his heart. A couple living in the Luxury Car Commercial subdivision in "401(k)" are disappointed when their exotic vacation turns into a Life Insurance/Asset Management pitch. The author struggles to write the definitive biography of his mother in "Autobiographical Raw Material Unsuitable for the Mining of Fiction." In these and other stories, Yu’s characters run up against the conventions and parameters of their artificial story lines while tackling the terrifying aspects of existence: mothers, jobs, spouses, the need to express feelings.
 
Heartbreaking, hilarious, smart, and surprising, Third Class Superhero marks the arrival of an impressive new talent.

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Title:Third Class SuperheroFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 5, 2006Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0547545703

ISBN - 13:9780547545707

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yu is for me This is an incredibly clever collection of short stories. They're all just slightly off the norm--a superhero with "good guy" classification with no classification ponders slipping over to the other side. An "it" couple hits middle age and wonders if this is all there is. Each story is in some ways a damning look at modern life. At least Yu gives us a bit of magic in this collection.
Date published: 2006-10-08