Dan Chaon's novel Await Your Reply was "a profound and haunting exploration of the shifting, often tenuous, nature of identity . . . a thrilling example of the best of contemporary literary fiction," although he's probably best known for his story collections, like National Book Award finalist Among the Missing, in which he "[brought] clarity to the confusion of people's inner motives." Chaon hasn't published a story collection since 2001's Among the Misisng, but today it was announced on Publishers Marketplace that Ballantine will publish Stay Awake, his new collection of stories.

On his faculty page on Oberlin's website (where Chaon teaches creative writing), the author writes:

One of the things that I love about the short story as an art form is its ability to evoke the ephemeral quality of being alive.

Do you think short stories have this unique ability? Are you happy that Chaon is returning to publishing a story collection after two novels?

Also in BookPage: Read an interview with Chaon about You Remind Me of Me.

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