Stay Awake

Stay Awake

Stories

Book - 2012
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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 unthinkab≤ 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 Journa l (starred review)
 
"Mesmerizing . . . gripping, masterful fiction."-- The Plain Dealer
 
"Superbly disquieting."-- The New York Times Book Review
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2012]
Edition: 1st ed.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780345530370
Branch Call Number: CHA
Characteristics: 254 pages ; 22 cm

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MichelleBees
Apr 10, 2016

every story contained an unexpected perspective. very fast read. i agree with jocolibraryadult picks, the stories were haunting and seared some terrible imagery into my brain.

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llwboston
Mar 23, 2013

I gave up after the fourth story. Although there are some chilling plot elements, I found the protagonists of each story to be vague and their general sense of alienation became monotonous.

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