"Two-Book Deal for Story Whiz"
Dan Chaon is young but already has some impressive accomplishments under his belt; short stories in the Best American anthology and the annual Pushcart gathering. Now this graduate of Tobias Wolff’s creative writing class has made a six-figure, two-book sale to editor Dan Smetanka at Ballantine of a story collection, to be called Among the Missing, and an as yet untitled novel. Smetanka thinks Chaon has staying power as well as talent, and also expects some high-level endorsements for his new protégé. Chaon published one previous collection with a small press, TriQuarterly. The new one concerns the impact of violence on families; the novel is a murder story set in a small Nebraska town. Agent Noah Lukeman made the deal.
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