Dan Chaon walks the thin line between despair and redemption in his collection STAY AWAKE. In these compelling short stories, Chaon looks closely at the places people's thoughts and emotions go after they experience a tragic event. In "The Bees," a father represses the memory of a dark event for years--until his own son's sleep becomes violent. Many of the characters seem unable to make effective changes to their worsening situations. This is certainly true of the high school athlete at the center of the storm in "Thinking of You in Your Time of Sorrow." Despite the rough paces Chaon puts his characters through, there is unrelenting humanity and deep compassion coursing through these stories.
|Before the critically acclaimed novels "Await Your Reply" and "You Remind Me of Me," 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.|
"The best of his stories arouse a feeling of deep foreboding. Then, with the reader's realization of what's about to emerge from the shadows comes a shock of recognition. This is the great guilty pleasure of good horror fiction." - Patrick McGrath 02/05/2012 "Chaon has returned to the [short-story] format with more quietly haunting stories of isolation and disconnection that stick with you like faded images from a disturbing dream." - Chris Barton 03/18/2012