Third Class Superhero

Third Class Superhero

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 173 pages
  • 129.5 x 198.1 x 15.2mm | 204.12g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0156030810
  • 9780156030816
  • 621,490

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My power, if you can call it that, and I don t think you can, is that I am able to take about two gallons of water from the moisture in the air and shoot it in a stream or a gentle mist. Moisture Man

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. In Problems for Self-Study, A and B fall in love but can t solve for the variable having a baby introduces. And a couple living in the Luxury Car Commercial subdivision in 401(k) realize too late that their exotic vacation is a Life Insurance/Asset Management pitch.
In these and other stories, Charles Yu s characters run up against the conventions and parameters of their genres 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.
"Wonderfully wry work. A terrific debut. It s a delight to read someone who realizes that life in the world is not as simple as it is often made to seem." Frederick Barthelme, author of Bob the Gambler
Charles Yu s work has been published in the Harvard Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, the Mississippi Review, Mid-American Review, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award. This is his first book. He lives in Los Angeles.
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"Audacious . . . Smart, engaging and often deadpan funny." "Rich with humor, invention, and humanity . . . Yu emerges as a first-class talent. A." "Ambitious . . . funny and inventive." "Audacious . . . Smart, engaging and often deadpan funny." "Reminds one of Kafka, if Kafka had had a geekish passion for science fiction and TV . . . hilarious." "[Yu] show[s] that the short story is not only alive but being reinvigorated in excitingly diverse ways."--Frank Egerton"The Times (UK)" (06/09/2007) PRAISE FOR CHARLES YU "'Class Three Superhero' transcends what might have been a merely clever premise to speak to us about ambition, envy and the moral dilemmas that our own worst natures force on us. I admire it very much."--Jean Thompson, National Book Award Finalist PRAISE FOR CHARLES YU
"'Class Three Superhero' transcends what might have been a merely clever premise to speak to us about ambition, envy and the moral dilemmas that our own worst natures force on us. I admire it very much."--Jean Thompson, National Book Award Finalist PRAISE FOR CHARLES YU
"'Class Three Superhero' transcends what might have been a merely clever premise to speak to us about ambition, envy and the moral dilemmas that our own worst natures force on us. I admire it very much."--Jean Thompson, National Book Award Finalist
" PRAISE FOR CHARLES YU

"'Class Three Superhero' transcends what might have been a merely clever premise to speak to us about ambition, envy and the moral dilemmas that our own worst natures force on us. I admire it very much."--Jean Thompson, National Book Award Finalist PRAISE FOR CHARLES YU

"'Class Three Superhero' transcends what might have been a merely clever premise to speak to us about ambition, envy and the moral dilemmas that our own worst natures force on us. I admire it very much."--Jean Thompson, National Book Award Finalist "Ambitious . . . funny and inventive."
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