You Remind Me of Me: A Novel

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Ballantine Books, 2005 - Fiction - 384 pages
With his critically acclaimed Among the Missing and Fitting Ends, award-winning author Dan Chaon proved himself a master of the short story form. He is a writer, observes the Chicago Tribune, who can “convincingly squeeze whole lives into a mere twenty pages or so.” Now Chaon marshals his notable talents in his much-anticipated debut novel.

You Remind Me of Me begins with a series of separate incidents: In 1977, a little boy is savagely attacked by his mother’s pet Doberman; in 1997 another little boy disappears from his grandmother’s backyard on a sunny summer morning; in 1966, a pregnant teenager admits herself to a maternity home, with the intention of giving her child up for adoption; in 1991, a young man drifts toward a career as a drug dealer, even as he hopes for something better. With penetrating insight and a deep devotion to his characters, Dan Chaon explores the secret connections that irrevocably link them. In the process he examines questions of identity, fate, and circumstance: Why do we become the people that we become? How do we end up stuck in lives that we never wanted? And can we change the course of what seems inevitable?

In language that is both unflinching and exquisite, Chaon moves deftly between the past and the present in the small-town prairie Midwest and shows us the extraordinary lives of “ordinary” people.


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Digital audio performed by Jim Soriero. Chaon was already known as a talented writer of short stories when this debut novel was published. His background with that shorter form shows in this book. The ... Read full review

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"There was no way to account for love, she thought, or for sorrow." Dan Chaon's gifts as a short-story writer show themselves in his exquisitely crafted sentences, as in this passage from the novel's ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
16
Section 3
27
Section 4
35
Section 5
43
Section 6
54
Section 7
67
Section 8
80
Section 20
210
Section 21
222
Section 22
231
Section 23
236
Section 24
245
Section 25
253
Section 26
263
Section 27
264

Section 9
88
Section 10
95
Section 11
107
Section 12
116
Section 13
127
Section 14
134
Section 15
148
Section 16
163
Section 17
173
Section 18
182
Section 19
199
Section 28
277
Section 29
285
Section 30
293
Section 31
304
Section 32
316
Section 33
324
Section 34
332
Section 35
340
Section 36
353
Section 37
371
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About the author (2005)

Dan Chaon is the acclaimed author of Fitting Ends and Among the Missing, a finalist for the National Book Award, which was also listed as one of the ten best books of the year by the American Library Association, Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, and Entertainment Weekly, as well as being cited as a New York Times Notable Book. Chaon’s fiction has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and won both Pushcart and O. Henry awards. Chaon teaches at Oberlin College and lives in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, with his wife and two sons.


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