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Apr 03, Cortney rated it it was amazing Shelves: Not really a review – just organizing my thoughts after having just read this terrific story Adult Andy remembers the downfall of his family that began in earnest when he was Boy Andy loses himself in a richly-developed alternate world, while blacking out and wiping out memories of the real one.

What will become of Andy? His existence lends the reader side-access into Andy’s childhood – very important as Andy is quite unreliable and has large chunks missing from his memory. Of course the brother may be unreliable as well – Andy sure thinks he is – but his presence adds a layer of complexity and access that would otherwise be missing.

Andy’s wife functions somewhat as a stand-in for the reader. Being a stand-in, she easily acts as a role-model for how the reader might choose to react to Andy, setting a tone sympathy and acceptance. This is important, as Andy is strange, disconnected from reality, and did some objectively awful things as a child such as torturing cats, stealing, and spying.

She reacts as many readers would to the things Andy says, therefore we don’t have to daan distracted with our own struggles against such a complex, complicated character. She guides the reader toward a sympathetic, take-him-as-he-is approach toward Andy. As a no-nonesense straight-man, she serves as a counterbalance to her unmoored husband.

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DD functions as a ghost-of-Christmas future, filling young Andy with dread over who he might become. DD is a blend of Andy’s parents drunk, sneering, distant, cruel and also parts of Andy himself alone, weird, outsider – a man whom Andy clearly does not want to become, yet fears becoming. Yet Cjaon also seems intrigued by the man, having an “empty longing” for and “eager dread” of him after he disappears.

Are Andy’s wife and daughters real? They certainly could function chaoj real, but also could easily be Adult-Andy’s fantasy family. How did young Andy grow to secure himself such a lovely family with which to balance himself?

I can’t quite nail the mixed feelings Andy seems to have for DD. May 11, Lea rated it really liked it Shelves: I’m not sure I really understood the deeper meaning of this story, but even without that it’s an incredible read. Fhaon Chaon hasn’t been hy my radar until quite recently — I just picked up Ill Willand I’m now obsessed with reading everything he’s written.

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I’m not sure how you pull that off, but it’s exciting and compelling. This particul I’m not sure I really understood the deeper meaning of this story, but even without that it’s an incredible read. This particular story deals with Andy, both as a child and as an adult. We’re shown that Andy is a pretty weird kid, although we get nearly all of our information from Andy himself, so we can’t be sure how accurate any of this information is.

This is alternated with chaoh of Andy as an adult, as he reminisces about being a child obsessed with mysteries and ultimately with a new teacher who comes to town whom he convinces himself is the adult Andy from the future. A very fast, thought provoking story.

Sep 08, Steven rated bug really liked it Shelves: The story starts off slowly but the build up to the message about the shape of our lives is well worth it.

We forge a link in the chain of our existence every day and, in that forging, we tie ourselves down to those expectations and experiences. Everything we do is guided by the chains we are made to wear.


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Delaney Professor of Creative Writing. His new novel, Await Your Reply, will be published in late August Books by Dan Chaon.

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