Await Your Reply
This book begs, demands, screams through the plaster walls for a thread of it's own to live in. Now it has one.
I finished this book two weeks ago, and I've literally been unable to read any other piece of fiction since. The characters, they're still haunting me, the masterful pacing and twisting of the narrative like ink beneath my skin. This novel easily has a home in the top five books I've read, ever. I wondered if that would fade given some time, but it hasn't. If you haven't read it yet, I can't recommend it strongly enough. Here's a link to buy it. I'll wait.
If you can't afford a copy, but seriously intend to read this, I've purposefully set aside a certain amount to buy copies for people. It's that good. If this is you, PM me. I would be deeply, deeply saddened if someone were to miss out on this one for financial reasons.
A brief teaser for the uninitiated:
The lives of three strangers interconnect in unforeseen ways--and with unexpected consequences--in acclaimed author Dan Chaon’s gripping, brilliantly written new novel.
Longing to get on with his life, Miles Cheshire nevertheless can’t 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 himself--through 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.
Okay. Now I'd like to discuss it. Discussion of this book can't help but be rich with spoilers, abandon this thread ye who enter, at least until you've savored this absolute fucking masterpiece.