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Await Your Reply By Dan Chaon Await Your Reply The lives of three strangers interconnect in unforeseen ways and with unexpected consequences in acclaimed author Dan Chaon s gripping brilliantly written new novel Longing to get on with his life M
  • Title: Await Your Reply
  • Author: Dan Chaon
  • ISBN: 9780345476036
  • Page: 219
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  • Await Your Reply By Dan Chaon The lives of three strangers interconnect in unforeseen ways and with unexpected consequences in acclaimed author Dan Chaon s gripping, brilliantly written new novel.Longing to get on with his life, Miles Cheshire nevertheless can t stop searching for his troubled twin brother, Hayden, who has been missing for ten years Hayden has covered his tracks skillfully, moving steThe lives of three strangers interconnect in unforeseen ways and with unexpected consequences in acclaimed author Dan Chaon s gripping, brilliantly written new novel.Longing to get on with his life, Miles Cheshire nevertheless can t stop searching for his troubled twin brother, Hayden, who has been missing for ten years Hayden has covered his tracks skillfully, moving stealthily from place to place, managing along the way to hold down various jobs and seem, to the people he meets, entirely normal But some version of the truth is always concealed.A few days after graduating from high school, Lucy Latti sneaks away from the small town of Pompey, Ohio, with her charismatic former history teacher They arrive in Nebraska, in the middle of nowhere, at a long deserted motel next to a dried up reservoir, to figure out the next move on their path to a new life But soon Lucy begins to feel quietly uneasy.My whole life is a lie, thinks Ryan Schuyler, who has recently learned some shocking news In response, he walks off the Northwestern University campus, hops on a bus, and breaks loose from his existence, which suddenly seems abstract and tenuous Presumed dead, Ryan decides to remake himself through unconventional and precarious means.Await Your Reply is a literary masterwork with the momentum of a thriller, an unforgettable novel in which pasts are invented and reinvented and the future is both seductively uncharted and perilously unmoored.From the Hardcover edition.
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    1. Dan Chaon

      Dan Chaon is the author of Among the Missing, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and You Remind Me of Me, which was named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, The Christian Science Monitor, and Entertainment Weekly, among other publications Chaon s fiction has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize, and The O Henry Prize Stories He has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction, and he was the recipient of the 2006 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters Chaon lives in Cleveland, Ohio, and teaches at Oberlin College, where he is the Pauline M Delaney Professor of Creative Writing His new novel, Await Your Reply, will be published in late August 2009.

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    1. Dan Chaon s Await Your Reply is literary fiction psychological mystery with identity theft, missing persons and internet scam all rolled into one A major theme is the enduring discussion of what subsumes the identity of self I am mindful that to say too much about the plot would constitute a spoiler The bare bones of the story are Miles is on a seemingly never ending search for his ingenious but schizophrenic identical twin, Lucy has just abandoned her real life and is about to embark on another [...]


    2. These were characters you could really sink your teeth into, and for some reason most of them reminded me of my estranged uncle I loved the prose, the road trips and the mystery that surrounded this book Each chapter will leave you wishing for , but you will have to wait Read this book before they make it into a movie and ruin it.


    3. Are writers as a breed inclined than most to think about identity It seems like they would be They re always trying to get inside characters heads In the case of this particular author add the fact that he grew up as an orphan and maybe it makes sense he s so good at depicting the mutability of self In the three different storylines the key figures show both the ability and proclivity to change It quickly becomes apparent and thus does not qualify as a spoiler to mention that identity theft is [...]


    4. This is a book that begs the question Who would you be if you weren t who you are We re talking mass quantities of identity theft here, folks Reinventing oneself has never been easier with the advent of the internet Fine writing, taut pacing, and questionable characters make for a good story Ah, the grotesque performance of privilege Just throwing that last in there because it was so tasty to read.


    5. This book was a bit of a disappointment.It came highly recommended from a number of sources and was described as a face paced thriller of psychological suspence It does start off with a thriller esque vibe as one character is rushed to the hospital, his severed hand on ice From there it turns swiftly into a fine example of a MFA thesis project cum blog, with much meandering pondering on the meaning less of life, the lack of direction in the Generation Y population, the uselessness of college and [...]


    6. Dan Chaon s novel was reviewed and touted as being a book for our age , giving us the quintessential text on identity in the 21st century and so on and so forth The theme of the book intrigued me identity theft in an age of exponentially boosting computer bureaucracy and the separation from the tangible personhood Or at least that is what I thought the theme would be It turned out to be nothing so thrilling or philosophical as that, opting instead to take the low road and use the premise in a ve [...]


    7. This is an odd book It s well written, interesting, and the characters are very well drawn But it s confusing and has the worst ending of any book I think I have ever read It is mostly concerned with identity theft Most of the characters are involved with various scams to empty people bank accounts There are some Russians who come into it no explanation what that s all about.The main villain is the schizophrenic twin brother of one of the main characters who has spent his life trying to track hi [...]


    8. The characters in Dan Chaon s novel Await Your Reply are all dealing with identity issues Some of them have been forced to change their identity, some willingly change their identity, and others have no identity unless its in relationship to another person Await Your Reply has all the elements of a noir thriller characters with shady pasts, long cons, femme fatales, mafia hit men, amateur detectives It has several mysteries working at once, although at the outset, the reader intuitively knows th [...]


    9. The story starts with three seemingly unconnected narratives First, that of Ryan, who in the opening scene is being rushed to the hospital with his detached hand Then also Lucy, recent high school grad running away with her history teacher Finally, there s Miles, searching for his missing twin brother What propels you through the book is wanting to find out how these three connect up I had some guesses, some right, but didn t get quite how all they all fitted till the end the author says it was [...]


    10. 4.5 stars If you haven t already made acquaintance with Dan Chaon s work, do so Like yesterday Might as well start with Await Your Reply a taut thriller with a focus on identity Identity theft, mistaken identity, multiple identities Three seemingly separate disparate stories, weave back and forth and comprise a tapestry of wackitude you re not soon to forget The ending was not quite as satisfying as I d hoped, but I m giving the guy the benefit of the doubt as much of his repertoire seems to lie [...]


    11. Await Your Reply examines the question of identity in old and new ways Throughout the book there s a philosophical undercurrent dealing with that ancient question of what constitutes a self The plot ties into that question using the recent issue of identity theft, which allows people to erase their life histories and be an entirely different person The exploration of these themes was, for me, the most appealing thing about the book The switches and stumbles of the characters made me think deep [...]


    12. MY FAVORITE BOOK The ultimate novel on individual identity and creating one s own reality I find that I can relate to this story Every time I read this book, I pick up details I myself, from the very beginning, Seemed to myself like someone s dream or deliriumOr a reflection in someone else s mirror,Without flesh, without meaning, without a name.Already I knew the list of crimes That I was destined to commit ANNA AKHMATOVA, Northern Elegies as quoted in Await Your Reply First say to yourself wh [...]


    13. Patience required Apart from the finely tuned personality breakdowns for each named character, very little else is clear during at least 1 2 of this novel That s a lot of pages with flipping namesake stories Not much of connection seems to exist other than one of troubled and at often times a inherent and roving unlike of self identity Each to their own place or spot or fit or job And of course, family Bad mixes all around No satisfaction for the present coupled by even less in the young for an [...]


    14. Effortless,ke drinking a clear glass full of cool water his words glide along the pages and tell their story with grace and precision.This is a story that grabs you softly, but before you realize it, you cannot put it down.The characters are diverse and complicated in their seeming simplicity Mr Chaon manages to let us peek into their inner lives, and, in doing so, we find bits and pieces of ourselves He is extremely adept at allowing us to step into present day reality, while not being bombarde [...]


    15. This book is c r e e p y because you realize just how real the situations the characters find themselves in can be Dan Chaon is an amazing writer and I found this book to be a fantastic, quick read, that I probably need to read over again in order to ensure I didn t miss any of the nuance.This book tells three parallel stories Lucy, who flees her Ohio town with her high school teacher Ryan, a college student struggling with the pressures of being who his parents want him to be, who finds out a s [...]


    16. This book is mediocre, but not a waste of time It is a quick and easy read, so the short time that it takes to read it doesn t feel like a waste and the predicibility of the plot sppeds things along too AYR is the story actually three stories of people who abandon their identities, whether for financial gain, the sheer joy of manipulating others, or a complete disgust with true identity My biggest complaint about this book is that it tries to be suspenseful, but it fails miserably in its efforts [...]


    17. You Remind Me of Me is one of my all time favorites, so maybe I expected too much But this one relatively disappointed me Yes, it moves along at a decent clip, and I enjoyed the gradual unfurling of all the personalities But even I saw the twist connection coming about halfway through, and if Credulous, Gullible I can pick it up that easily, believe me, it s probably too obvious The characters are pretty unlikable and in some cases frustrating throughout The one thing that is staying with me the [...]


    18. Apparently, there are two reactions to this book you either love it or hate it I certainly didn t hate it, but my overall assessment couldn t be described as anything than lukewarm There are six main characters actually less or depending upon how you interpret the plotn you see why I was frustrated let s just say there are ostensibly six characters in this novel Ryan Jay Lucy George Miles and Hayden Keeping that many plots and balls juggling in the air is difficult, and it s a hallmark of a go [...]


    19. E e r i e It is irresponsible to tell you much than that, because this book hinges on the reader s simultaneous suspicion and disarmament at every twist and turn Much of the book is necessarily circumspect, which made me feel distant and dislocated during the first 2 3 of the story And although a lot of it takes place in wide open, and often desolate places, I felt a contraction of space and time, and a reader s claustrophobia The narrative edges collapsed into a flat darkness, and I frequently [...]


    20. So impressed was I by Chaon s You Remind Me of Me, that I absolutely had to read by the author and this one didn t disappoint It actually impressed further, terrific sopho accomplishment Chaon revisits the same themes from his debut here, themes obviously dear to his heart, like adoption, relationships between brothers and most importantly the nature of identity That s what Await Your Reply is about really, a quest for identity, stolen, invented or otherwise, a meditation on the concept of it, [...]


    21. Wow This novel blew me away I read it for a reading group and it was my pick, but it turned out to be different and very much that I thought it would be from the blurbs I had seen Yes, it includes identity theft as a plot point, but actually it is about identity how do we get our identity as a person, how do we become confused about it, lose it, change it While identity is a timely concept and the story is modern, somehow Dan Chaon also makes it universal, timeless and personal to the reader Th [...]


    22. I thought this book was pretty engaging, and I am waffling between three and four stars I usually don t see the twist coming but I got it pretty much immediately with this one The alternating storylines sort of made each one shallower than I wanted it to be, I think Like I just wanted him to kick it up a notch, because the premise of each of the three stories is so rich Because actually, not much really happens in each of the three plotlines each of the characters is on the edge on something at [...]


    23. The concept behind this book is pretty genius When I first started reading, I thought it would a novel in the same vein as many critically acclaimed books these days a series of faintly interconnected stories with great description but little plot However, the plot of Await Your Reply was so fantastic as to set it apart, and satisfy on all fronts.For most of the book, each chapter rotates between three different characters and plots It s not clear how they relate together, or whether they re occ [...]


    24. This novel has been described as the lives of three different people and how they interconnect.The first person we meet is Ryan, who can answer to several different last names He was born to an unwed mother and adopted He considers his whole life a lie and leaves Northwestern University after using his tuition money for other purposes He reunites with his biological father who is running a money scam.Lucy Latti lost her parents in an automoblile accident while she was in high school She has been [...]


    25. I loved, loved, loved this novel and not just because I know the writer Really, I m actually pretty hard on books written by people I know I m like that teacher who, when her son takes her class, is especially strict and unimpressed I think it s just that I don t want to go easy on a book just because I know its author I put up defenses, and of course my expectations are high Anyway This novel is gorgeous and riveting, and weird in that Dan Chaon way we ve all come to know and love It makes you [...]


    26. The storyline of this book is a little bit like listening to a long, involved story told by someone who frequently interjects with some thoughts along the lines of oh, but, wait, I forgot to tell you about The difference is, it was neither annoying or disjointed enough to make me want to walk away, Chaon s writing just keeps wrapping you inside the story.


    27. A brilliant book It s both beautifully crafted and extremely suspenseful Without being heavy handed, it also offers a really interesting meditation on identity.


    28. This book is all sorts of crazy Identical twins, those emails from far away that offer you millions if you ll just help get money transferred to US dollars , reinventing one s self multiple times it s all in here and I really enjoyed the book I flew through it.


    29. 1.99 on 07 29 17This book was a bit of a disappointment for me The beginning was thrilling but after that it lost momentum I found the characters to be a bit flat and wasn t vested in any of them We are given a good look at identity theft and how easily it can be accomplished There are three individual stories that all come together in the end.


    30. It took me a long time to finish this guy, and I kept with it mainly because it came so highly recommended from a number readers I respect I don t know what exactly it was that I never totally fell for, but I figure it has something to do with the what I consider, anyway cardinal sin of withholding in order to create tension and or conflict.I felt like the severed hand thing in the opening was a big tease, especially I had to read some 250 pages to find out what that was all about That s a long [...]


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