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Await Your Reply

av Dan Chaon

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While Miles pursues elusive letters and clues in a perpetual search for his missing twin, Ryan struggles with the discovery that he is adopted, and Lucy finds her daring escape from her hometown posing unexpectedly dangerous consequences.
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Satisfyingly unsatisfactory... That was the first phrase that came to mind when I finished reading the last page.

It's well-written and pretty well plotted. There's a clear "aha" point in the story--the only problem is that I figured out the "aha" well before what it seems the author intended. Despite the early epiphany, it was still rather enjoyable to read, given the author's easy tone and engaging manner.

I won't give any direct spoilers, but I'll just say that the title is apt. The story leaves you wanting. Which is a good thing. ( )
  octoberdad | Dec 16, 2020 |
Impossible for me to put down. A twisted, intriguing mystery. ( )
  KatyBee | Jul 21, 2020 |
(45) This was really gripping. Three intertwined stories of young people at a crossroads of sorts. Life not turning out the way they thought and escaping into other identities; into an underworld of identity theft rings and international computer hacking and embezzlement. I guess on the surface it sounds cheesy but it was really nicely done with some gravitas mixed in regarding the self, the occult, mental illness. What makes us who we are? Our name, our connections, our memories. . . ?

I flew through this in about 24 hours it was so engaging and one really wanted to figure out how the three stories would eventually connect. Each new parallel, or connection between the stories made one obsess (there was a lot about obsession in this book) regarding reading more and figuring things out. Anyone who ever had a sibling and an imagination could relate to Miles and Hayden's fantasy worlds and it was haunting to bear witness as he spun out of control. Chaon's depiction of schizophrenia I found to be very true to what I have seen as a physician.

Anyway, I have only ever read 'Ill Will' by Chaon which was good but not at this level. I am going to find the rest of his novels right now! ( )
  jhowell | Oct 13, 2019 |
Excerpts from my original GR review (Jan 2011):
- It's hard to know how to describe this book. A literary thriller? An adventurous examination of the shifting, amorphous world of identity in today's world? Whatever the case, ..Chaon sculpted a very intricate, carefully formed tale. But here's what the author had to say in response to the publisher's question, "How did you come up with the concept of "Await Your Reply"?: 'I actually didn't start out with a concept. Usually, I start out with an image or a scene."
- His ability to take these disparate images and create a cohesive novel out of them is impressive. However, the very randomness of these images makes it very hard to assemble them into a convincing mass. He spends the entire book relating to us the mysterious meanderings of three distinct characters, all either hitched to, or seeking, an eccentric or disturbed man, all of whom are unmoored. Parts of all three streams are interesting, and the mysterious personage at the center of each stream piques the curiosity. But the persons whose lives we are supposed to engage in, those whose broken pasts are told through memory, simply don't engender any feelings from my viewpoint.
- In the end, for me, I wasn't completely taken by the storylines themselves, so that, even applauding the ultimate cleverness in melding...an innovative resolution, I was left a bit less than satisfied. ( )
  ThoughtPolice | Jul 30, 2018 |
This was the first audiobook I actually listened to in the car, on a long car drive, and I don't expect it will be the last. It was fantastic!! From the 1st chapter I was hooked ... and I was completely blown away at the end. I had NO idea!! It was so good :-) So so good!!

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  Adrianne_p | May 30, 2017 |
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It’s hard to talk about Await Your Reply at length without giving too much away. In fact, the less you know about the novel going in, the better. Chaon does a great job of shifting the novel’s chronology around to trickle the plotlines out as he sees fit. It’s a gimmick that could have been hackneyed, but Chaon makes it work here. He seems more interested in filling in the lives of his characters than constructing some complex whodunit — and the result is a more nuanced, creepy affair than sensory jarring thriller.
 
[A] dark, deliciously disturbing literary thriller... Await Your Reply is a story that unfolds with chilling precision. You'll be spellbound from start to finish.
tillagd av Shortride | ändraPeople, Michelle Green (Aug 31, 2009)
 
You need to step into this work of psychological suspense completely unprepared for what lurks in here. If somebody starts telling you what they liked best, put your fingers in your ears and sing: "La, la, la, la!" But you can trust me -- which is just what all the manipulative creeps in this novel say.
tillagd av SqueakyChu | ändraThe Washington Post, Ron Charles (Aug 26, 2009)
 
Chaon is a dark, provocative writer, and “Await Your Reply” is a dark, provocative book; in bringing its three strands together, Chaon has fashioned a braid out of barbed wire.
 
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