An Excerpt from Ling Ma's Upcoming Novel, 'Severance'

This story appears in VICE magazine's Dystopia and Utopia Issue. Click HERE to subscribe.

I got up. I went to work in the morning. On the J crossing the Williamsburg Bridge, I noticed that the sky looked different. It was yellowed, some kind of yellow I’d never seen before, an irregular jaundiced chartreuse like a bruise trying to heal. Later, trying to pinpoint the beginning of the End, I’d think about the way the sky looked that day.

I hadn’t slept well the night before. I had...

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