Stay Awake, Dan Chaon

Quick, oddly chilling stories of worlds falling apart. I found this melancholic meditation particularly touching:

She is fond of this kind of vague philosophical conundrum, and perhaps that is why her life feels sad to her even though she should be happy. She wants to find connections where there are none, meanings and structures that she can't completely discern, that are perhaps indiscernible. 

You can search, indeed, but what you find may not be what you set out for.