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Stay awake : stories

Author: Dan Chaon
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2012]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Before the critically acclaimed novels Await Your Reply and You Remind Me of Me, Dan Chaon made a name for himself as a renowned writer of dazzling short stories. Now, in Stay Awake, Chaon returns to that form for the first time since his masterly Among the Missing, a finalist for the National Book Award. In these haunting, suspenseful stories, lost, fragile, searching characters wander between ordinary life and a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Short stories, American
Psychological fiction
Short stories
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dan Chaon
ISBN: 9780345530370 0345530373 0345532309 9780345532305 9780345530387 0345530381
OCLC Number: 724650049
Description: 254 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The bees --
Patrick Lane, flabbergasted --
Stay awake --
Long delayed, always expected --
I wake up --
To Psychic Underworld --
St. Dismas --
Thinking of you in your time of sorrow --
Slowly we open our eyes --
Shepherdess --
Take this, Brother, may it serve you well --
The farm, the gold, the lily-white hands.
Other Titles: Short stories.
Responsibility: Dan Chaon.

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"Before the critically acclaimed novels Await Your Reply and You Remind Me of Me, Dan Chaon made a name for himself as a renowned writer of dazzling short stories. Now, in Stay Awake, Chaon returns to that form for the first time since his masterly Among the Missing, a finalist for the National Book Award. In these haunting, suspenseful stories, lost, fragile, searching characters wander between ordinary life and a psychological shadowland. They have experienced intense love or loss, grief or loneliness, displacement or disconnection--and find themselves in unexpected, dire, and sometimes unfathomable situations. A father's life is upended by his son's night terrors--and disturbing memories of the first wife and child he abandoned; a foster child receives a call from the past and begins to remember his birth mother, whose actions were unthinkable; a divorced woman experiences her own dark version of "empty-nest syndrome"; a young widower is unnerved by the sudden, inexplicable appearances of messages and notes--on dollar bills, inside a magazine, stapled to the side of a tree; and a college dropout begins to suspect that there's something off, something sinister, in his late parents' house. Dan Chaon's stories feature scattered families, unfulfilled dreamers, anxious souls. They exist in a twilight realm--in a place by the window late at night when the streets are empty and the world appears to be quiet. But you are up, unable to sleep. So you stay awake"--

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