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Stay Awake: Stories by Dan Chaon
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Stay Awake: Stories

by Dan Chaon

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I realize lots of people read for escapism. I'm not one of those people, and this isn't a book for those people. Chaon manages to tap into the sense of dread people experience through just living. It's really Lovecraftian in tone without the supernatural element. ( )
  wordsampersand | Dec 6, 2018 |
This is the kind of thing you read when you want to make yourself sad: literary-ish stories about loss, death, disengagement, and the huge, uncrossable gaps between people. Nothing earthshattering here for me, but if you enjoy this kind of thing, this is the kind of thing you will enjoy. ( )
  jen.e.moore | Jan 31, 2018 |
Pretty good but dark ( )
  ibkennedy | Apr 21, 2017 |
Just not my cup of tea. The short stories, while well written seemed to carry a common theme of strange men, domineering women, missing limbs and unresolved endings to each story. ( )
  Iambookish | Dec 14, 2016 |
Along with Jennifer Close, he's one of my favorite fiction writers.

He has this great habit of making the stories meander on like life does, without making you think that it's part of a carefully structured whole, (not unlike Jennifer Close, actually), before abruptly bringing the exercise to a meaningful conclusion. ( )
  walkthemoon89 | May 5, 2016 |
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It's so stupid. It's like trying to explain something to a cat.
He had the image of his own personal thoughts softly detaching and being carried off by the wind like dandelion seeds, floating through the city.
She put a French fry to her mouth, and the shape of it made her wish for a cigarette.
"You're smoking, too," he said. "I can hear you breathing smoke."
"You know what they say," he told her. "Fifty is the new thirty."
"Really?" she said. ... "Does that mean that thirty is the new ten?"
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345530373, Hardcover)

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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"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"--… (more)

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