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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,111 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dan Chaon Narrator: Kirby Heyborne Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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; a divorced woman experiences her own dark version of empty-nest syndrome. They exist 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Powerful and disturbing…The shocks in this collection are many.”

    Washington Post

  • “Eerily beautiful…[Chaon] is the modern day John Cheever.”

    Boston Globe

  • “There are not many fiction writers who can do what Dan Chaon can do…[He is] a literary force.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Intense and suspenseful…a highly recommended work, not to be missed.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • A 2012 Washington Post Notable Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Fiction
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2012 Story Prize for Short Fiction Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Pamela Trunk | 2/20/2014

    " I had read Chaon's "You Remind Me of Me" and that lead to to "Await Your Reply". I was pulled in by that novel's many layers. "Stay Awake Stories" certainly did that. He masters suspense in long and short form very well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Bill Hsu | 2/5/2014

    " I liked the open-endedness. But it barely compensates for the sections that crossover into mawkish self-pity or sentimentality. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Lisa | 1/31/2014

    " In this book's defense, I really hate short stories. Also in this book's defense, I somehow thought all these short stories would link up. And I kept reading and waiting and in my mind trying to formulate how all these characters and stories were going to merge. And then they didnt. Or at least they didnt in the 3/4 of the book I read and then abandoned. This book stinks. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Irene B. | 1/24/2014

    " Some of the stories just sort of 'end' and there you are. The writing is good, but the twist is flat. Also each of them seems to contain an older sister, a previous spouse, a memory of a nurse comforting a patient in a cast, etc. In fact, that made it a creepy read. This book was in the Washington Post 2012 recommended fiction. Eh. Update: Too many other books to read, gave up on it. "

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