and Endorsements for Chaon's Novel, YOU REMIND ME OF ME
“YOU REMIND ME OF ME is
one of the strangest, most beautiful, most compelling books I've read in
a long time. Unnerving and real, intricately plotted, wonderfully
written, it's a Chinese box of a novel, full of hidden pleasures and
—Elizabeth McCracken, author of The
Giants House and Niagara Falls
All Over Again
Chaon's novel You Remind Me Of Me
is nothing short of brilliant. The novel is haunting me and I can't stop
thinking about it--both as a reader and as a deeply admiring writer. I
wish I had a better adjective than superb."
—Caroline Leavitt, author of Girls
of Dan Chaon's many gifts is his ability to probe deeply and delicately
into sorrow. This gift serves him beautifully in You Remind me of Me, a
novel about adoption, about the quiet sadness that lies at the bottom of
all his characters' troubles."
—Jane Hamilton, author of A
Map of The World
painful, and sure-footed, YOU REMIND ME OF ME tracks the delicate
connections between a handful of lost and poignant lives, in the process
giving them the radiance of a stained glass window. What a writer. Dan
Chaon is going to have a breathtaking literary career.”
Chaon's meticulous and insightful novel "You Remind Me of Me"
is such an important achievement….it is fundamentally a tale of
identity sought, borrowed, rejected and then reborn in the minds of its
characters. But Chaon does not let the reader off with simple
conclusions. Rather, he reminds us constantly how much in fluctuation
life's choices really are, and how much we contribute to our own views
of what we have become. The novel is also a riddle about connections,
and it begins in four apparently disparate directions that eventually
come together with an unsettling and heartrending unity.”
--David Hellman is a librarian at
San Francisco State University and past chairman of the American Library
Association's Notable Books Council
lives viewed through a kaleidoscope of memories and secret pain assume a
kind of mythical dimension in Chaon’s piercingly poignant tale of
fate, chance and search for redemption. As he demonstrated in his short
story collection Among the Missing,
Chaon has a sensitive radar for the daily routines of people striving to
escape the margins of poverty and establish meaningful lives.
…Chaon’s clarity of observation, expressed in restrained, nuanced
prose, coupled with his compassion for his flawed characters, creates a
heart-wrenching story of people searching for connection.”
Readers of Kent Haruf will find similarities here, in the settings in
small towns on the Great Plains and in the dignified portrayal of people
leading secret, stoic lives. Eight-city author tour.
Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)
storywriter Chaon (AMONG THE MISSING,2001,etc) affirms his matchless
skill in crafting the small sketch...The initial handful of chapters
here, in fact, read like a fresh collection of stories, distinguished as
usual by the shy, cutting honesty of Chaon's prose...his final vignette
leaves the reader astonished once again...[a] powerful, promising
follow a ravishing short story collection, AMONG THE MISSING (2001),
with a grimly compelling first novel...Chaon's finely crafted novel is
cogent and susupenseful."
this impressive intergenerational saga from onetime National Book Award
finalist Dan Chaon, the modern American family is barely family at all:
Its members are variously orphaned, abandoned or absentee….Chaon's
restless narrative zooms back and forth from the 1960s to the 1970s to
the 1990s, constantly updating, revisiting and revealing. Each turn of
"You Remind Me of Me" adds another layer of flesh — and
mystery — to Jonah, Troy and their forlorn mother, three archetypal
Americans who don't know each other from Adam but are bound together
--Los Angeles Times
meticulous pacing, and the controlled nuance with which he (an adoptee
who has written about his own awkward meeting with his natural father)
handles Jonah’s and Troy’s interaction, make this a quietly
--Time Out New York
deftly reveals the quiet suffering of ordinary people in a way that can
be uncomfortably realistic but is always compelling”.
remarkable first novel begins with snapshots that recall his talent for
short stories (his 2001 collection, Among the missing, was a
National Book Award finalist)”.
remind Me of Me is not technically horror or suspense, but it does
generate plenty of tension, in its very sensitivity to tha perils and
misadventures of domestic life. … Chaon plays with the reader’s
expectations in a way that is accomplished and full of pleasure for
lovers of good suspense fiction, and You remind Me of Me, along
with its literary merits, is a very good scary novel. … You remind
Me of Me, expertly written and crafted, is an admirable first novel
and one of this year’s most involving and satisfying fictions”.
--The Plain Dealer
“You remind Me of Me is the first novel by an author already
established for mournful, eloquent short stories with a tone reminiscent
of Russell Banks’s. Mr. Chaon’s stories heve been about emotional
ellipses in his characters’ lonely lives”.
--New York Times
… vivid, unadorned prose, which manages at once to be precise and
dreamlike. …the book succeeds because it makes us feel its
characters’ pain and inhabit a world in which desperate measures often
seem like the only ones avaliable”.
Remind Me of Me by Dan Chaon (Ballantine, $24.95), another debut novel,
is a kaleidoscope of memories, painful revelations and tragic legacies
that converge to become a piercing and poignant tale….At first these
chapters read like a series of short stories, but then the common
threads begin to emerge, and the author seamlessly weaves a tale of
family relations and fate. This first novel by National Book Award
finalist Dan Chaon is sometimes painful but always provocative in its
steadfast portrayal of people pushed beyond their limits."
PW Daily--Kristin Kloberdanz, a
journalist with Time, offers these recommendations in a recent article
in the Chicago Tribune
his masterly first novel, Chaon tells an absorbing tale of fate and the
struggle for recovery and human connection.
Readers who prefer expertly crafted plotting and strong characterization will be drawn to this novel.
Highly recommended for public library system with an emphasis on
literary fiction and for anyone interested in promising first
--Library Journal (STARRED
the Missing (a National Book
Award finalist,) was, as it turns out, merely the precursor to something
even better: specific case in point, his new novel, You
Remind Me of Me. ….Chaon's
great gift — the ability to submerge readers into the heart and soul
of a character with a rarified economy of words — is happily playing
as the marqueed forefront in this superb new book. ….Chaon
fans will find great satisfaction in this, his return to an examination
of the magnificently complicated existences of just plain folk."
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