Charles Yu, author of How To Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, is back with a short story collection entitled Sorry Please Thank You: Stories (Pantheon, $24.95). His smart and geeky stories are about relationships (as the title may suggest): they explore intimacy, heartbreak, relationships that just begin and relationships that fizzle out. They also touch on dissatisfaction with life, longing, and the search for self. Yu packs a lot of ideas into these short pieces, which makes it one of the most creative and thought-provoking collections you'll read this year.
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