Thoughts on books, reading and publishing from the staff and friends of the Tattered Cover Book Store.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Jackie Weighs in On Dan Chaon's Latest
"I've heard great things about Dan Chaon, but I had not read him when
this book happened onto my desk. These stories really surprised me.
They are all about damaged people plagued by some deep
emotion--loneliness, love, grief-- and behaving in truly strange ways.
There is a lot of darkness to them, a nightmarish feel of altered
reality, and some seriously grim things. But I could not stop reading
these stories because of the writing. Chaon has a way of putting words
together that just makes whatever he writes passion edged and deeply
affecting. I'm still trying to figure some of the narratives out,
frankly. But I like that, the puzzles Chaon has left with me. I'm sure
some of you folks out there will enjoy them too."