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Fitting Ends

(1995)
And Other Stories
A collection of stories by

 
 
Fitting Ends is the first collection of fiction by the acclaimed author of the National Book Award finalist Among the Missing and now appears in this newly revised edition with two never before collected stories.
 
Written before Among the Missing and originally published by Northwestern University Press, Fitting Ends features thirteen stories detailing the almost panicked angst of the American generation now approaching thirty.  Struggling with gaps between youthful expectations and adult experiences, these characters long for understanding and acceptance—but are thwarted by failed love, family disruptions, numbing work, and sexual confusion. 
 
Chaon is one of the most promising new voices in fiction, and this re-issued collection offers further evidence of his unique talent.

"The best of these stories . . . possess a rare, disorienting force. When you look up from them, the quality of light seems a little different. It's a reminder to those of us who have almost forgotten what literature can sometimes do."
—Boston Book Review

"The most honest, observant and timely book written this year about the American generation now approaching thirty . . . Chaon speaks with clarity of feeling, and more than a little oddball wit, about the lives of those left behind the demographic curve of America—men and woman with pointless jobs, doughy faces, soured relationships, bad credit. . . . Each story pulls you into its subtle emotional vortex, largely because of Chaon's knack for simple but poignant detail."
—New York Newsday

"Remarkable . . . Each story is a marvel of complexity, dense with meaning and nuance. . . . Very few first works are as solid, moving, and pitch-perfect as Chaon's."
—The Cleveland Plain Dealer

"[AN] OFTEN PERCEPTIVE, LUCID VOICE."
—The New York Times Book Review



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Used availability for Dan Chaon's Fitting Ends

Hardback Editions

October 1995 : USA Hardback
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Title: Fitting Ends and Other Stories
Author(s): Dan Chaon
ISBN: 0-8101-5021-2 / 978-0-8101-5021-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Triquarterly
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

April 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: Fitting Ends (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
Author(s): Dan Chaon
ISBN: 0-345-44909-6 / 978-0-345-44909-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


October 1995 : USA Paperback
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Title: Fitting Ends and Other Stories
Author(s): Dan Chaon
ISBN: 0-8101-5022-0 / 978-0-8101-5022-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Triquarterly
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

December 2007 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Fitting Ends (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
Author(s): Dan Chaon
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA