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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,123 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dan Chaon Narrator: Dylan Baker and Becky Ann Baker Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this haunting, bracing new collection, Dan Chaon shares stories of men, women, and children who live far outside the American Dream, while wondering which decision, which path, or which accident brought them to this place. Chaon imagines today's family instinctively trying to stay together, only to find itself lost in the throes of a chaotic, modern world.

In Safety Man, a young widow and her children become increasingly attached to an inflatable protector-doll, as the world outside seems to grow ever more threatening; Big Me follows a lonely, imaginative twelve-year-old boy who believes an older (slightly creepier) version of himself has moved in next door; in I demand to Know Where You're Taking Me, a man blinded by love for his imprisoned brother ignores the warnings of his distant wife and a talking parrot who both witness things he's never seen; and Among the Missing explores how the death of a family, found buckled in their car a the bottom of a lake, casts a shadow on a small town and intrudes upon the narrator's relationship with his aging mother.

A writer of enormous talent and emotional depth, Dan Chaon mines the psychological landscape of his characters to dazzling effect. Each story radiates with sharp humor, mystery, wonder, and startling compassion. Among the Missing lingers in the mind through its subtle grace and power of language. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Peter Zuppardo | 2/17/2014

    " I cannot explain how much I love this book. The stories in here make me feel less afraid to be alive. Andrew Porter's "The Theory of Light and Matter" is the only other collection that makes me feel this way. These books are connected for me. They are books that I read and feel such an awful and terrific sadness. Maybe it is just me remembering childhood, its weird complexities and layers of illusion. Yo La Tengo does it to me, too. Andrew Porter, Dan Chaon, Yo La Tengo, and that good kind of sadness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Leia | 2/1/2014

    " this book is heartbreakingly amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bob | 1/28/2014

    " Well-written series of short stories, but difficult to embrace. Filled with sadness, lives and families falling or fallen apart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kristen | 1/21/2014

    " I'm trying to be sparing in my five-star books, really I am. And you should know that I have a thing for short stories. And twisted humor. Full disclosure aside, I loved this collection of stories by Dan Chaon. Smart, disturbing, quiet, moving. It's one of those books that is mesmerizing while you're reading it, but gets even better as you get further away from it. Does that make sense? You keep thinking about it, about what it means for a widow to have a safety dummy for a constant partner... for a boy to have an overly large imagination... Anyway, it's probably not for everyone, but short story lovers should definitely check it out. "

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