by Charles Yu
Originally published in the May 30, 2016 issue of The New Yorker.
Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker website.
I have never heard of Charles Yu before — this is his first story in The New Yorker — but he has been publishing stories for over a decade. In 2004 he received the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award for a story called “Third Class Superhero.” He has published two story collections, Third Class Superhero and Sorry Please Thank You, and one novel, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe.
I’m excited to get to know this new-to-me author through “Fable,” a story in which, according to Yu’s interview with Deborah Treisman (here), “a man is asked by his therapist to tell the story of his life as a kind of fairy tale.”
Please feel free to leave any thoughts you have below. I’d love to hear if any of you have enjoy Yu’s prior work.