Anita S. (West Bloomfield, MI)
Do We Really Know Our Family and Friends
This is an astonishing book. From the very beginning, I could not put it down. I found myself holding my breath as I read it. The characters are so startlingly real, that at times I felt as though I were one of them. As I was caught up in the wonderful, mysterious story, this book made me think about life and existence as it asks the question 'Do we really know those around us?' I recommend this book to all who want to read a great book.
William E. (Sarasota, FL)
Await Your Reply
I found the book not engaging. I wanted to like the book but found that it meandered with disparate characters that were not involving. I was disappointed as I had liked the writer's early works and felt that this was a let down.
Maureen S. (Rainier, WA)
Who Are We if not our Data
In this chilling page-turner, Dan Chaon let's us follow three strangers Ryan, Lucy, and Miles on three adventures to identity. The first page of the book is a masterpiece, it grabs you by the throat and won't let you go until you've read the whole book.
This is a must read for mystery and suspense readers. Book clubs will find a wealth of discussion in the issues that Chaon's raises. For instance, who has the better life, the searcher or the searched for? Or, what exactly is the meaning of identity? Have you every wished you could wipe the slate clean, and take a mulligan?
Whether you're just reading for the thrill and the mystery or delving into the deeper questions, Await Your Reply, should be on the top of this year's reading list.
Linda W. (Lincoln, IL)
Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon
The introduction of three separate groups of characters throughout the book made me keep reading. I just knew there HAD to be some connection. Each character was unhappy being who they were and wanted to be someone else or have a different life. Each had his/her own idea of how to accomplish this. One searched endlessly for his twin brother, another sought wealth by attaching to a school teacher and running away and one sought to spend time with his biological father. The book gives a good story for each group. However, I still believe there was a definite connection that I missed. I know each was not who they seemed to be and all wanted to be something else. Did they succeed? You'll have to read to know. Generally, I really liked this book and recommend it to anyone!
Bonnie B. (Fairbanks, AK)
Are We Ever Who We Think We Are?
This is a book of philosophy as much as it is a book of fiction. It is about personal identity and how easily one's identity can be shifted into something else. How real are we? Who are we? Through alternating chapters about three different people, this book asks this question. This book will appeal to people who like plots within plots. It requires patience as the book goes back and forth in time. I enjoyed it as it was like unraveling a favorite skein of yarn.
David M. (Glendale, CA)
Chaon is an excellent storyteller!
Anyone who enjoyed the film Memento will love Chaons latest novel. Essentially, it is a mystery made up of many layers, with each of the three main characters independently unveiling a piece of a fascinating puzzle. At the heart of it all is a mad genius, who could easily have emerged from the creative mind of Dean Koontz.
Mary Ellen (Canfield, OH)
Await Your Reply
The author's prominence as a short-story writer is demonstrated by this latest publication, which incorporates three separate stories into a thrilling and surprising novel. The chapters rotate among the characters, leaving the reader to question the possible connection. If the reader follows closely, he or she is rewarded with a thrilling and unexpected conclusion.
The characters are forlorn and the novel somewhat dark, but if one enjoys short stories and surprise endings, this is a terrific read.