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You Remind Me of Me

You Remind Me of Me

(2004)
A novel by

 
Three lives viewed through a kaleidoscope of memories and secret pain assume a kind of mythical dimension in Chaon's piercingly poignant tale of fate, chance and search for redemption. As he demonstrated in his short story collection Among the Missing, Chaon has a sensitive radar for the daily routines of people striving to escape the margins of poverty and establish meaningful lives. Here, a woman's unsuccessful effort to rise above the pain of giving away an illegitimate baby, and to fight against mental illness and offer love to a second child, blights all their lives. Living with his harsh and bitter mother, Norma, and his kindly grandfather in Little Bow, S.Dak., young Jonah Doyle is permanently scarred after the family's Doberman attacks and maims him. The resulting livid ridges on his face are the outward manifestations of a deeper wound that will always haunt him. After his mother's suicide, Jonah sets out to find the older brother he has never met, and in the process, brings them both to the verge of tragedy. Jonah's older sibling is Troy Timmens, a well-meaning bartender and sometime drug dealer in St. Bonaventure, Nebr., who is devoted to his six-year-old son, Loomis. The boy will play a pivotal part in Jonah's quixotic attempts to win Troy's love. Chaon structures his plot in alternating flashbacks, and the fragmentary time structure forces the reader to puzzle out the relationships and contributes to rising dramatic tension. Chaon's clarity of observation, expressed in restrained, nuanced prose, coupled with his compassion for his flawed characters, creates a heart-wrenching story of people searching for connection. Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. From School Library Journal Adult/High School–This first novel focuses on the disparate lives of a fragmented family as they struggle with the harsh realities of poverty, depression, and dysfunction. The story opens with Jonah, a troubled, self-involved boy in a small South Dakota town. Raised by a depressed and suicidal mother who never wanted him, he survives an attack from the family's Doberman only to be severely scarred on his face and hands. Jonah develops into a lonely and isolated man who tries to make connections with anyone willing to befriend him, only to push others away by eventually demanding more than they want to give. Driven by his need for acceptance, Jonah seeks out an older half brother who was given up for adoption at birth. Troy, a bartender and occasional marijuana dealer, has difficulties of his own: shortly after the disappearance of his wife, he is arrested and placed on probation and house arrest for drug dealing. He struggles to regain custody of his son, Loomis, a strangely intelligent and watchful boy, from his uncooperative mother-in-law and has little time for the hopeful Jonah. In what he intends as a gesture of brotherly friendship, Jonah kidnaps Loomis, meaning to take the boy to Troy. This desperate act ultimately leads to the dramatic yet real conclusion. A series of tightly interwoven flashbacks; deft handling of structure; and simple, precise language transform these characters' lives into a story that is highly readable, thought-provoking, and profoundly moving.–Matthew L. Moffett, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

 
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Hardback Editions

November 2004 : USA Hardback
Title: You Remind Me of Me
Author(s): Dan Chaon
ISBN: 0-7862-7013-6 / 978-0-7862-7013-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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May 2004 : USA Hardback
Title: You Remind Me of Me
Author(s): Dan Chaon
ISBN: 0-345-44141-9 / 978-0-345-44141-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Paperback Editions

June 2006 : UK Paperback
Title: You Remind Me of Me
Author(s): Dan Chaon
ISBN: 0-7195-6541-3 / 978-0-7195-6541-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: John Murray
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June 2005 : UK Paperback
Title: You Remind Me of Me
Author(s): Dan Chaon
ISBN: 0-7195-6540-5 / 978-0-7195-6540-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: John Murray
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June 2006 : UK Paperback
Title: You Remind Me of Me
Author(s): Dan Chaon
ISBN: 0-7195-6861-7 / 978-0-7195-6861-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: John Murray
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April 2005 : USA Paperback
Title: You Remind Me of Me: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
Author(s): Dan Chaon
ISBN: 0-345-44140-0 / 978-0-345-44140-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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2004 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: You Remind Me of Me
Author(s): Dan Chaon
ISBN: 0-7394-5165-0 / 978-0-7394-5165-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Audio Editions

July 2004 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: You Remind Me of Me
Author(s): Dan Chaon
ISBN: 0-7927-3262-6 / 978-0-7927-3262-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Sound Library
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July 2004 : USA Audio CD
Title: You Remind Me of Me
Author(s): Dan Chaon
ISBN: 0-7927-3263-4 / 978-0-7927-3263-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audiogo
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Kindle Editions

May 2004 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: You Remind Me of Me
Author(s): Dan Chaon
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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