Joshua Ferris' "The Valetudinarian" (short story, non-genre, humor, free): All the lonely old man needed was shock therapy!
Arty Groys, a lonely & depressed widower, loves to babble about his health problems to everyone. But then comes an unusual birthday gift from his friend, & lonely life begins to turn into an adventure...
Fact sheet.First published: The New Yorker, 2 August 2009.
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Added to my "best of the year 2009" list.