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Await Your Reply: A Novel by Dan Chaon

Await Your Reply: A Novel (edition 2009)

by Dan Chaon

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Title:Await Your Reply: A Novel
Authors:Dan Chaon
Info:Ballantine Books (2009), Hardcover, 336 pages
Collections:Read and owned, Your library

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Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon

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Book Club Pick for June 25th at Melinda's. ( )
  kbosso | May 2, 2017 |
Dan Chaon's 'Await Your Reply' is a book that's so good, so intricately plotted, yet so hard to describe.... 3 stories are interwoven, bouncing back and forth in time, addressing topics like identity, family, time, survival, death- an almost endless number of themes. The overarching feel to me was almost claustrophobic, with a layer of doom hanging over the top of it all. Some people are who they seem to be, others don't want to be who they are, and several just bring the concept of identity to a very fluid state. It'd be very easy to play spoiler here, so I'll resist going any further into the plot.

Await Your Reply is my 2nd Chaon novel and I am totally enjoying his writing technique and stories. The novels don't seem to proceed in a linear fashion, yet they fit together seamlessly in the end. I try to picture how a writer could approach the task of pulling together multiple stories that bounce around independently on a timeline and can only imagine the difficulty.

I've seen a few negative reviews that have considered this book 'boring', and all I can say is that it's one you have to concentrate on simply to keep characters and time straight and, if you do, you'll be rewarded in the end. This, as was his latest novel 'Ill Will', is a downer of a read but very rewarding if you like a mystery with a lot of layers that'll challenge you along the way. ( )
  gmmartz | Apr 2, 2017 |
Took to long to get to the point, like the writing style ( )
  jimifenway | Feb 26, 2017 |
Described as a literary thriller. A story of identities and selves and the different parts of people. ( )
  TheBookJunky | Apr 22, 2016 |
While I did like the style of writing the time shifts were overly complex, the characters flat, the twist predictable and the ending both boring and unsatisfying. Clearly some people liked it, but I cannot recommend. ( )
  csmith0406 | Mar 18, 2016 |
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It’s hard to talk about Await Your Reply at length without giving too much away. In fact, the less you know about the novel going in, the better. Chaon does a great job of shifting the novel’s chronology around to trickle the plotlines out as he sees fit. It’s a gimmick that could have been hackneyed, but Chaon makes it work here. He seems more interested in filling in the lives of his characters than constructing some complex whodunit — and the result is a more nuanced, creepy affair than sensory jarring thriller.
[A] dark, deliciously disturbing literary thriller... Await Your Reply is a story that unfolds with chilling precision. You'll be spellbound from start to finish.
added by Shortride | editPeople, Michelle Green (Aug 31, 2009)
You need to step into this work of psychological suspense completely unprepared for what lurks in here. If somebody starts telling you what they liked best, put your fingers in your ears and sing: "La, la, la, la!" But you can trust me -- which is just what all the manipulative creeps in this novel say.
added by SqueakyChu | editThe Washington Post, Ron Charles (Aug 26, 2009)
Chaon is a dark, provocative writer, and “Await Your Reply” is a dark, provocative book; in bringing its three strands together, Chaon has fashioned a braid out of barbed wire.
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I myself, from the very beginning, Seemed to myself like someone's dream or delirium or a reflection in someone else's mirror, without flesh, without meaning, without a name. Already a list of crimes that I was destined to commit. Anna Akhmatova "Northern Eagles"
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The lives of three strangers interconnect in unforeseen ways--and with unexpected consequences--in acclaimed author Dan Chaon’s gripping, brilliantly written new novel.

Longing to get on with his life, Miles Cheshire nevertheless can’t stop searching for his troubled twin brother, Hayden, who has been missing for ten years. Hayden has covered his tracks skillfully, moving stealthily from place to place, managing along the way to hold down various jobs and seem, to the people he meets, entirely normal. But some version of the truth is always concealed.

A few days after graduating from high school, Lucy Lattimore sneaks away from the small town of Pompey, Ohio, with her charismatic former history teacher. They arrive in Nebraska, in the middle of nowhere, at a long-deserted motel next to a dried-up reservoir, to figure out the next move on their path to a new life. But soon Lucy begins to feel quietly uneasy.

My whole life is a lie, thinks Ryan Schuyler, who has recently learned some shocking news. In response, he walks off the Northwestern University campus, hops on a bus, and breaks loose from his existence, which suddenly seems abstract and tenuous. Presumed dead, Ryan decides to remake himself--through unconventional and precarious means.
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While Miles pursues elusive letters and clues in a perpetual search for his missing twin, Ryan struggles with the discovery that he is adopted, and Lucy finds her daring escape from her hometown posing unexpectedly dangerous consequences.

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