In these haunting, suspenseful stories, lost, fragile, searching characters wander between ordinary life and a psychological shadowland. They have experienced intense love or loss, grief or loneliness, displacement or disconnection - and find themselves in unexpected, dire, and sometimes unfathomable situations. A father's life is upended by his son's night terrors - and disturbing memories of the first wife and child he abandoned; a foster child receives a call from the past and begins to remember his birth mother; a divorced woman experiences her own dark version of "empty-nest syndrome". They exist in a place by the window late at night when the streets are empty and the world appears to be quiet. But you are up, unable to sleep. So you stay awake.
"With this arresting collection, Chaon again demonstrates his mastery of the short story.... [It] brings readers fantastically close, slowly drawing them into the anxiety or loneliness or remorse of his characters, and building great anticipation for the twists to come." (Publishers Weekly)
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Nice ideas, but no punch
Perhaps, if I had nothing else to try, but probably not.
These stories seemed to go nowhere. They lack resolution and closure. I couldn't tell when the story was over.
Narration was good. I have no complaints with that.
disappointment. The story ideas presented had real potential, but didn't reach it.
Stories that didn't keep me awake
It was something to listen to and there were twists and turns in the story... but as each story ended I was left wondering.
I thought the ending of one story and the beginning of another story was too close together... I didn't get a sense a few times that the previous story had ended and now I was listening to another story...
No, I don' t think so.
I followed the stories and they were different from most stories... I was wondering if there was a moral or teaching point of the stories... At some points, this author reminded me or Flannery O'Connor and her short stories.
- Columbia Pete