This week's Entertainment Weekly has a blurb about Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon. I haven't read anything by Chaon before – I have You Remind Me Of Me, but I haven't gotten to it yet. Here's what EW had to say:
In Await Your Reply's successive chapters, Dan Chaon tells three parallel stories: Ryan learns that his shady uncle is actually his dad and joins him in identity-theft schemes; Miles abandons his job to continue hunting for his delusional twin brother; and high school grad Lucy runs away with her secretive history teacher. ''Who just abandons their family?'' one character asks midway through this finely honed novel, just as the three plots have begun to converge. ''What kind of person decides that they can throw everything away and — reinventthemselves?'' Americans love reinvention, of course, but Chaon's suspenseful yarn smartly explores the consequences of this often romanticized obsession. A–
[Exciting! This is the first time I've linked to a tweet!] @mjinnett says:"Found a copy of "Await Your Reply" by Dan Chaon at the office. Excited & surprised to see it land at @wired – he's an underexposed genius."
Bookhopping calls Await Your Reply "a well-crafted and thought-provoking novel that, while clearly written for the head rather than the heart, manages to strike a nerve at just the right moment to make it a clearly memorable — and admirable — piece of literature."
Here is a guest blog post by Dan Chaon about writing Await Your Reply and the anxiety of waiting for reviews to come out.
Has anyone read this yet?