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Stay Awake

(2012)
A collection of stories by

 
 
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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Hardback Editions

February 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: Stay Awake
Author(s): Dan Chaon
ISBN: 0-345-53037-3 / 978-0-345-53037-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

October 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Stay Awake
Author(s): Dan Chaon
ISBN: 0-345-53038-1 / 978-0-345-53038-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

February 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Stay Awake: Stories
Author(s): Dan Chaon
ISBN: 1-61120-515-8 / 978-1-61120-515-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


February 2012 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Stay Awake: Stories
Author(s): Dan Chaon
ISBN: 1-61120-519-0 / 978-1-61120-519-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

February 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Stay Awake: Stories
Author(s): Dan Chaon
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA