Stay awake: stories

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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • San Francisco Chronicle 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. Praise for Stay Awake “Eerily beautiful . . . [Chaon] is the modern day John Cheever.”—Boston Sunday Globe “Powerful and disturbing . . . The shocks in this collection are many.”—The Washington Post “Chaon is able to create fully realized characters in mere pages. . . . This collection is further proof that Chaon is one of the best fiction writers working right now.”—Omaha World-Herald “There are not many fiction writers who can do what Dan Chaon can do. . . . [He is] a literary force.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer “Intense and suspenseful . . . a highly recommended work, not to be missed.”—Library Journal (starred review) “Mesmerizing . . . gripping, masterful fiction.”—The Plain Dealer “Superbly disquieting.”—The New York Times Book Review
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9780345530370
9781611205176
9781611205152
9780345532305
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subject_facet Life change events -- Fiction, Short stories, Short stories, American
table_of_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.
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title Stay awake : stories
title_alt Short stories.
title_display Stay awake : stories
title_full Stay Awake Stories, Stay awake : stories / Dan Chaon, Stay awake [sound recording] : stories / Dan Chaon
title_short Stay awake :
title_sort stay awake stories
title_sub stories
topic Fiction, Literature, Short Stories
topic_facet Fiction, Literature, Short Stories
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