Await Your Reply:
by Dan Chaon
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Dan Chaon’s latest novel, Await Your Reply, starts in the middle of a particularly bloody scene: A severed hand on a bed of ice in a Styrofoam cooler is being rushed, along with its owner, to a hospital in Michigan. Chaon offers no further information; the details—teeth chattering, calluses on the fingertips of the hand, “the car pursuing its pool of headlight”—give the action a visceral edge rather than clarify the cause. The events leading up to this situation go unexplained for much of the book. Such is the pattern of this novel: Motivating reasons remain obscure, effects are painfully present.
Made up of three distinct story lines, Await Your Reply shifts between the past and the present, between locations near and far. Teenage orphan Lucy runs away with her high school history teacher after she fails to get
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