Dan Chaon

  • « Nous n'arrêtons pas de nous raconter des histoires sur nous-mêmes. Mais nous ne pouvons maîtriser ces histoires. Les événements de notre vie ont une signification parce que nous choisissons de leur en donner une. »Tel pourrait être le mantra de Dustin Tillman, psychologue dans la banlieue de Cleveland. Ce quadragénaire, marié et père de deux adolescents, mène une vie somme toute banale lorsqu'il apprend que son frère adoptif, Rusty, vient d'être libéré de prison. C'est sur son témoignage que, trente ans plus tôt, celui-ci a été condamné à perpétuité pour le meurtre de leurs parents et de deux proches. Maintenant que des tests ADN innocentent son frère, Dustin s'attend au pire.Au même moment, l'un de ses patients, un policier en congé longue maladie, lui fait part de son obsession pour une étrange affaire : la disparition de plusieurs étudiants des environs retrouvés noyés, y voyant la marque d'un serial killer. Pour échapper à sa vie personnelle, Dustin se laisse peu à peu entraîner dans une enquête périlleuse, au risque de franchir les limites que lui impose son rôle de thérapeute.Plongée dans les ténèbres, celles d'un homme submergé par ses propres contradictions et les failles de sa mémoire, Une douce lueur de malveillance est un livre virtuose et vénéneux. Une écriture glaçante, une inventivité littéraire qui bouscule les structures du roman contemporain : rarement un écrivain aura su explorer le mystère de l'identité avec un réalisme aussi obsédant.

  • Après son dernier roman, Cette vie ou une autre, Dan Chaon renoue avec la nouvelle, le genre littéraire qui l'a révélé lors de la parution de Parmi les disparus.Sobriété et élégance du style. Puissance émotionnelle de personnages aux vies apparemment ordinaires : un père de famille dont le petit garçon fait des cauchemars en trouve la cause dans son propre passé ; un homme tout juste veuf tente désespérément de déchiffrer des mots qu'il imagine lui être destinés ; un jeune homme réalise que la maison dont il a hérité à la mort de ses parents est habitée par une force obscure ; une femme divorcée se retrouve face à une existence qu'elle n'avait pas imaginée... De la réalité, Dan Chaon fait surgir l'étrangeté. Une étrangeté obsédant et intranquille qui donne à ses nouvelles une profondeur et une tension dramatique inattendues.« Le John Cheever d'aujourd'hui. » The Boston Sunday Globe « Constamment surprenant et superbement inquiétant. » The New York Times Book Review

  • Après un formidable recueil de nouvelles (Parmi les disparus), Dan Chaon signe un premier roman qui confirme un talent singulier et intense. Le Livre de Jonas, ce sont trois existences - celles d'une mère et de ses deux fils - qui défilent à travers un kaléidoscope de souvenirs et de blessures. À la mort de sa mère, Jonas Doyle, un jeune homme de 25 ans, se met en quête de son frère aîné, abandonné à la naissance, et dont il ignore tout. Troy Simmens, lui, a grandi dans l'affection de sa famille adoptive sans pour autant parvenir à combler cette part manquante liée au secret de ses origines. Étrangers l'un à l'autre, Jonas et Troy vont finalement se retrouver dans l'ombre de leur mère, Nora, qui ne s'était jamais pardonné d'avoir abandonné un enfant. Mais leur rencontre ne sera pas celle que Jonas avait imaginée...
    « Ce n'est pas seulement un très bon roman, c'est un livre bouleversant où la vérité, quand elle surgit, s'entoure de mystères qu'elle parvient finalement à éclairer. » The Los Angeles Times « Un roman qui habite littéralement le lecteur tant par ce qu'il dit que par ce qu'il suggère. » The New York Times

  • « Ce livre est un joyau et son auteur, un écrivain immensément prometteur » (Kirkus Reviews).
    Accueilli avec enthousiasme par la presse, Parmi les disparus, publié en 2001 aux États-Unis et finaliste du National Book Award, a révélé un nouveau talent. Troublantes, belles et émouvantes, ces nouvelles explorent les fractures qui émaillent nos existences. Qu'il évoque les relations familiales, conjugales ou amicales, Dan Chaon restitue avec une grande sensibilité les sentiments et les pensées, parfois obscurs et contradictoires, que l'on se cache les uns aux autres par peur ou par amour.
    « L'un de nos meilleurs nouvellistes. Ses histoires sont drôles, déchirantes, brillantes et magnifiquement écrites. » (Lorrie Moore) « Une écriture d'une grande sobriété, une puissance émotionnelle surprenante. Dan Chaon est vraiment le seul écrivain qui mérite d'être comparé à Raymond Carver. » (The Los Angeles Times)

  • In this haunting, bracing new collection, Dan Chaon shares stories of men, women, and children who live far outside the American Dream, while wondering which decision, which path, or which accident brought them to this place. Chaon mines the psychological landscape of his characters to dazzling effect. Each story radiates with sharp humor, mystery, wonder, and startling compassion. Among the Missing lingers in the mind through its subtle grace and power of language.From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • BONUS: This edition contains an Await Your Reply discussion guide.
    The lives of three strangers interconnect in unforeseen waysand with unexpected consequencesin acclaimed author Dan Chaons gripping, brilliantly written new novel.
    Longing to get on with his life, Miles Cheshire nevertheless cant stop searching for his troubled twin brother, Hayden, who has been missing for ten years. Hayden has covered his tracks skillfully, moving stealthily from place to place, managing along the way to hold down various jobs and seem, to the people he meets, entirely normal. But some version of the truth is always concealed.
    A few days after graduating from high school, Lucy Lattimore sneaks away from the small town of Pompey, Ohio, with her charismatic former history teacher. They arrive in Nebraska, in the middle of nowhere, at a long-deserted motel next to a dried-up reservoir, to figure out the next move on their path to a new life. But soon Lucy begins to feel quietly uneasy.
    My whole life is a lie, thinks Ryan Schuyler, who has recently learned some shocking news. In response, he walks off the Northwestern University campus, hops on a bus, and breaks loose from his existence, which suddenly seems abstract and tenuous. Presumed dead, Ryan decides to remake himselfthrough unconventional and precarious means.
    Await Your Reply is a literary masterwork with the momentum of a thriller an unforgettable novel in which pasts are invented and reinvented and the future is both seductively uncharted and perilously unmoored.

  • Fitting Ends is the first collection of fiction by the acclaimed author of the National Book Award finalist Among the Missing and now appears in this newly revised edition with two never before collected stories.
    Written before Among the Missing and originally published by Northwestern University Press, Fitting Ends features thirteen stories detailing the almost panicked angst of the American generation now approaching thirty. Struggling with gaps between youthful expectations and adult experiences, these characters long for understanding and acceptance--but are thwarted by failed love, family disruptions, numbing work, and sexual confusion.
    Chaon is one of the most promising new voices in fiction, and this re-issued collection offers further evidence of his unique talent.
    "The best of these stories . . . possess a rare, disorienting force. When you look up from them, the quality of light seems a little different. It's a reminder to those of us who have almost forgotten what literature can sometimes do." --Boston Book Review "The most honest, observant and timely book written this year about the American generation now approaching thirty . . . Chaon speaks with clarity of feeling, and more than a little oddball wit, about the lives of those left behind the demographic curve of America--men and woman with pointless jobs, doughy faces, soured relationships, bad credit. . . . Each story pulls you into its subtle emotional vortex, largely because of Chaon's knack for simple but poignant detail." --New York Newsday "Remarkable . . . Each story is a marvel of complexity, dense with meaning and nuance. . . . Very few first works are as solid, moving, and pitch-perfect as Chaon's." --The Cleveland Plain Dealer "[AN] OFTEN PERCEPTIVE, LUCID VOICE." --The New York Times Book Review From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • « Safety Man, le parfait compagnon de la femme urbaine ! Conçu comme un élément visuel dissuasif, Safety Man ressemble à un homme grandeur nature qui pèserait 80 kilos, mesurerait 1 mètre 80, donnant ainsi aux autres l'impression que, seule chez vous ou au volant de votre voiture, vous êtes protégée. » C'est ce que Sandy pouvait lire sur la notice de ce qui n'aurait dû rester finalement... qu'un jouet dans son carton ! Cette nouvelle est extraite du livre Parmi les disparus.Temps de lecture estimé : à partir de 20 minutes.

  • « Combien de gens étaient à jamais différents, combien de gens cessaient d'exister chaque fois qu'elle se tournait d'un côté plutôt que d'un autre ? » La rencontre d'un homme portant une prothèse amène Suzanne à se poser bien des questions. Et ces questions sont parfois les nôtres !Cette nouvelle est extraite du livre Parmi les disparus.Temps de lecture estimé : à partir de 5 minutes.

  • Eerily beautiful . . . [Chaon] is the modern day John Cheever.--Boston Sunday Globe Powerful and disturbing . . . The shocks in this collection are many.--The Washington Post These haunting, suspenseful stories by acclaimed author Dan Chaon feature scattered families, unfulfilled dreamers, anxious souls--lost, fragile, searching characters who wander between ordinary life and a psychological shadowland. They have experienced intense love or loss, grief or loneliness, displacement or disconnection--and exist in a twilight realm, in a place by the window late at night when the streets are empty and the world appears to be quiet. But it is not, and neither are you. And since you cannot sleep, you stay awake.
    /> Chaon is able to create fully realized characters in mere pages. . . . This collection is further proof that Chaon is one of the best fiction writers working right now.--Omaha World-Herald There are not many fiction writers who can do what Dan Chaon can do. . . . [He is] a literary force.--The Philadelphia Inquirer Intense and suspenseful . . . a highly recommended work, not to be missed.--Library Journal (starred review) Mesmerizing . . . gripping, masterful fiction.--The Plain Dealer Superbly disquieting.--The New York Times Book Review Dont miss the exclusive conversation between Dan Chaon and Emma Straub at the back of the book.
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  • With his critically acclaimed Among the Missing and Fitting Ends, awardwinning author Dan Chaon proved himself a master of the short story form. He is a writer, observes the Chicago Tribune, who can “convincingly squeeze whole lives into a mere twenty pages or so.” Now Chaon marshals his notable talents in his muchanticipated debut novel.You Remind Me of Me begins with a series of separate incidents: In 1977, a little boy is savagely attacked by his mother’s pet Doberman; in 1997 another little boy disappears from his grandmother’s backyard on a sunny summer morning; in 1966, a pregnant teenager admits herself to a maternity home, with the intention of giving her child up for adoption; in 1991, a young man drifts toward a career as a drug dealer, even as he hopes for something better. With penetrating insight and a deep devotion to his characters, Dan Chaon explores the secret connections that irrevocably link them. In the process he examines questions of identity, fate, and circumstance: Why do we become the people that we become? How do we end up stuck in lives that we never wanted? And can we change the course of what seems inevitable?In language that is both unflinching and exquisite, Chaon moves deftly between the past and the present in the smalltown prairie Midwest and shows us the extraordinary lives of “ordinary” people.From the Hardcover edition.

  • Two sensational unsolved crimes--one in the past, another in the present--are linked by one man’s memory and self-deception in this chilling novel of literary suspense from National Book Award finalist Dan Chaon. “We are always telling a story to ourselves, about ourselves.” This is one of the little mantras Dustin Tillman likes to share with his patients, and it’s meant to be reassuring. But what if that story is a lie? A psychologist in suburban Cleveland, Dustin is drifting through his forties when he hears the news: His adopted brother, Rusty, is being released from prison. Thirty years ago, Rusty received a life sentence for the massacre of Dustin’s parents, aunt, and uncle. The trial came to epitomize the 1980s hysteria over Satanic cults; despite the lack of physical evidence, the jury believed the outlandish accusations Dustin and his cousin made against Rusty. Now, after DNA analysis has overturned the conviction, Dustin braces for a reckoning. Meanwhile, one of Dustin’s patients has been plying him with stories of the drowning deaths of a string of drunk college boys. At first Dustin dismisses his patient's suggestions that a serial killer is at work as paranoid thinking, but as the two embark on an amateur investigation, Dustin starts to believe that there’s more to the deaths than coincidence. Soon he becomes obsessed, crossing all professional boundaries--and putting his own family in harm’s way. From one of today’s most renowned practitioners of literary suspense, Ill Will is an intimate thriller about the failures of memory and the perils of self-deception. In Dan Chaon’s nimble, chilling prose, the past looms over the present, turning each into a haunted place. Advance praise for Ill Will “Dan Chaon’s new novel is subtly, steadily unnerving--like a scalpel slipping under your skin and prying it, ever so slowly, from the muscle beneath. Ill Will is a dark Möbius strip of a thriller that will leave you questioning what’s perceived and what’s imagined, and whether the reverberations of tragedy ever truly come to an end.”--Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You “Ill Will not only confirms Chaon as among our country’s finest writers but makes clear that he is one of our bravest and most inventive. He embraces risks that would have most novelists turning pale and making the sign of the cross. It’s stunning. Read it right now.”--Peter Straub, author of The Throat “Dan Chaon’s darkly stunning Ill Will ensnares you from its very first pages. It’s both a bone-chilling literary thriller and a complicated tale of family secrets and the strange and dangerous paths grief and guilt can take us on--and it is not to be missed.”--Megan Abbott, author of You Will Know Me “‘I believe in bad places,’ one narrator of Ill Will confesses, and he’s right. Dan Chaon’s damaged characters stalk the elusive truth and what may be a serial killer through a nightmarish Cleveland populated by drug addicts and sexual predators. Intimate and unsparing, this is one of the creepiest books I've ever read.”--Stewart O’Nan, author of Songs for the Missing “Ill Will is a literary masterwork, and that rare, true psychological thriller that comes along once in a decade.”--Alissa Nutting, author of Tampa “With impressive skill, across multiple narratives that twine, fracture, and reset, Chaon expertly realizes his singular vision of American dread.”--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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