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<b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY</b><br> <b><i>The Washington Post •</i></b> <b><i>San Francisco Chronicle</i></b><br> <br> Before the critically acclaimed novels <i>Await Your Reply </i>and<i> You Remind Me of Me, </i>Dan Chaon made a name for himself as a renowned writer of dazzling short stories. Now, in <i>Stay Awake,</i> Chaon returns to that form for the first time since his masterly <i>Among the Missing,</i> a finalist for the National Book Award.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> <b>Praise for <i>Stay Awake</i></b><br> <b><i> </i></b><br> “Eerily beautiful . . . [Chaon] is the modern day John Cheever.”—<i>Boston Sunday Globe </i><br> <br> “Powerful and disturbing . . . The shocks in this collection are many.”—<i>The Washington Post</i><br> <i> </i><br> “Chaon is able to create fully realized characters in mere pages. . . . This collection is further proof that Chaon is one of the best fiction writers working right now.”—<i>Omaha World-Herald</i><br> <i> </i><br> “There are not many fiction writers who can do what Dan Chaon can do. . . . [He is] a literary force.”—<i>The Philadelphia Inquirer</i><br> <i> </i><br> “Intense and suspenseful . . . a highly recommended work, not to be missed.”—<i>Library Journa</i>l (starred review)<br> <br> “Mesmerizing . . . gripping, masterful fiction.”—<i>The Plain Dealer</i><br> <i> </i><br> “Superbly disquieting.”—<i>The New York Times Book Review</i>