You Remind Me of Me

You Remind Me of Me

A Novel

Book - 2004
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With his critically acclaimedAmong the MissingandFitting Ends, award-winning author Dan Chaon proved himself a master of the short story form. He is a writer, observes theChicago 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 Mebegins 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 Chaonexplores 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.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2004.
ISBN: 9780345441416
0345441419
Characteristics: 356 pages ;,25 cm.

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WVMLStaffPicks Jan 19, 2015

In this immensely readable novel the author explores questions of identity, fate and circumstance. Why do we become the people we become? Why do we remain stuck in lives we really didn't want? Chaon deftly moves between the past and present in the lives of a set of extraordinary "ordinary" people.

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Apr 11, 2011

This is the first time I've read Dan Chaon, and it will not be the last. The story itself is a great tale, but the writing style makes it beautifully haunting.

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Nov 30, 2010

All that would be erased, he thought. He remembered the way his grandfather had described the death of Jonah's grandmother, years and years before Jonah was born. "Excaping this world," Jonah's grandfather had said with wistful admiration, as if the grandmother's death had involved something masterful and Houdini-like instead of a mere car accident.

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Nov 30, 2010

She is tired today; she didn't sleep well. Recently she's been troubled by strange fluctuations of her pulse as she lies does to sleep, and then, once her pulse stops accelerating and she begins to drift off, her heart seems to stop. It is as if the body has suddenly forgotten that it is necessary to keep blood pumping, and she rises with a jolt into consciousness, like a cork from the bottom of a bucket of water.

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