Short story: “How Can I Help?”

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“How Can I Help?”, by Rivka Galchen

Appeared in the September 19th, 2016 issue of the New Yorker and in The Writer’s Voice

4295 words

I liked this story (the voice especially) but forgot about it surprisingly quickly. Maybe because the narrator’s chilliness didn’t convey the emotional content very vividly.

Here’s something interesting the author says in an interview: “I’m very drawn to characters who use data so as to feel that they are being objective precisely at moments when they subconsciously know that they are failing to be objective.”