Dan Chaon - Stay Awake: Stories

02/15/2012 6:00 pm
02/15/2012 7:00 pm

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.

Book List

Stay Awake: Stories (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780345530370
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Ballantine Books, 2/2012

You Remind Me of Me (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780345441409
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books, 4/2005

Among the Missing (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780345441614
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books, 1/2002

Fitting Ends (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780345449092
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books, 4/2003

Await Your Reply (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780345476036
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books, 6/2010

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