Await Your Reply: A Novel
BONUS: This edition contains an Await Your Reply discussion guide.
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 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 Lattimore 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.
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Sleeper Hit of the SummerUser Review - BookChick - Borders
Three interlocking stories, gripping characters, literary prose and DeLillo style paranoia – mix that up well and what you should have is a best seller. Right? Dan Chaon opens with one our three main ... Read full review
Review: Await Your ReplyUser Review - Goodreads
Best novel I've read in a Long Time! This stories weaves through the lives of various characters who are all touched by loss, longing, insanity and the nebulous nature of personal identity. It's ... Read full review