Fable • 2016 • Fairy tale short story by Charles Yu

★★★

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A therapist asks a man in midlife crisis to describe his life as a fairy tale. He needs several attempts, some of them embarassing, but getting better and nearer to his personality with each try.

Actually, this is no fairy tale but a moving metafiction about raising up an autistic son. I found some remarks hilarious, but most of the time I didn’t like the heavy-handed analogies. Especially the ending wasn’t to my taste at all.

 

Meta: isfdb. Appeared May 2016 in the New Yorker. Read in Best SFF 11. Available online.

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