Short story: “Standard Loneliness Package”

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“Standard Loneliness Package,” by Charles Yu

Appeared in issue 6 of Lightspeed Magazine, November 2010

7299 words

I was ambivalent about the main character until I realized I didn’t need to like him or respect him very much—his situation is worth understanding¬†even if you don’t like or respect him. The narration style reminds me a little of Chuck Palahniuk, in a good way, especially the one-sentence paragraphs.