Dan Chaon is the acclaimed author of Among the Missing, which was a finalist for the National Book Award;You Remind Me of Me, which was named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and Entertainment Weekly, among other publications; and Await Your Reply, which was a New York Times Notable Book and appeared on more than a dozen Best of the Year lists. Chaons fiction has appeared in many journals and anthologies, includingThe Best American Short Stories, Pushcart Prize, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. He has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction, and he was the recipient of the 2006 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Chaon lives in Cleveland, Ohio, and teaches at Oberlin College, where he is the Pauline M. Delaney Professor of Creative Writing.
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BYThe 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, inStay Awake,
Chaon returns to that form for the first time since his masterlyAmong 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 disconnectionand find themselves in unexpected, dire, and sometimes unfathomable situations.
A fathers life is upended by his sons night terrorsand 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 noteson dollar bills, inside a magazine, stapled to the side of a tree; and a college dropout begins to suspect that theres something off, something sinister, in his late parents house.
Dan Chaons stories feature scattered families, unfulfilled dreamers, anxious souls. They exist in a twilight realmin 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 Journa
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Mesmerizing . . . gripping, masterful fiction.The Plain Dealer
Superbly disquieting.The New York Times Book ReviewDont miss the exclusive conversation between Dan Chaon and Emma Straub at the back of the book.