Third Class Superhero

Third Class Superhero

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Houghton
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.


Baker & Taylor
A volume of short works includes "Third Class Superhero," in which a would-be good guy confronts the darkness in his heart; "401(k)," in which a couple is disappointed by the sales pitch accompanying their luxury vacation; and "Autobiographical Raw Material Unsuitable for the Mining of Fiction," a profile of the author's mother. A first collection. Original.

Harcourt Publishing
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.


Blackwell North Amer
Moisture Man, the hero of "Third Class Superhero," is tired of watching his former classmates kick ass and claim their secret hideouts while he struggles to maintain his good-guy accreditation. Someday soon he'll have to decide whose side he's really on, and how far he's willing to push the panels of his story line. Meanwhile, in "My Last Days as Me" the actor playing Me on the hit show Family loses his composure when the new woman playing My Mother insists on abandoning the script. An in "Problems for Self-Study," A and B fall in love but can't solve for the variable introduced by having a child.
In these stories, Charles Yu's characters tackle the terrifying aspects of existence: mothers, jobs, spouses, the need to express feelings.

Baker
& Taylor

A volume of short works includes "Third Class Superhero," in which a would-be good guy confronts the darkness in his heart and "401(k)," in which a couple is disappointed by the sales pitch accompanying their luxury vacation.

Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780156030816
0156030810
Characteristics: 173 p. ; 21 cm

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