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Publisher Comments:

Fitting Ends is the first collection of fiction by the acclaimed author of the National Book Award finalist Among the Missing and now appears in this newly revised edition with two never before collected stories. Written before Among the Missing and originally published by Northwestern University Press, Fitting Ends features thirteen stories detailing the almost panicked angst of the American generation now approaching thirty. Struggling with gaps between youthful expectations and adult experiences, these characters long for understanding and acceptance — but are thwarted by failed love, family disruptions, numbing work, and sexual confusion. Chaon is one of the most promising new voices in fiction, and this re-issued collection offers further evidence of his unique talent.

Review:

"The best of these stories...possess a rare, disorienting force. When you look up from them, the quality of light seems a little different. It?s a reminder to those of us who have almost forgotten what literature can sometimes do." Boston Book Review

Review:

"The most honest, observant and timely book written this year about the American generation now approaching thirty. . . . Each story pulls you into its subtle emotional vortex, largely because of Chaon?s knack for simple but poignant detail." New York Newsday

Review:

"[An] often perceptive, lucid voice." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Remarkable...Each story is a marvel of complexity, dense with meaning and nuance. ...Very few first works are as solid, moving, and pitch-perfect as Chaon?s." The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Review:

"Powerful...A writer to savor...Dan Chaon shows a marked affinity in both setting and sensibility with fellow Midwesterners Wright Morris and Willa Cather." Chicago Tribune

Synopsis:

In this first collection, the recipient of numerous awards, Chaon has written 13 wonderfully deft stories detailing the almost panicked angst of the American generation now approaching 30. Like the families he explored in Among the Missing, the characters here are struggling with the gaps between their perceptions and reality.

Synopsis:

Fitting Ends is the first collection of fiction by the acclaimed author of the National Book Award finalist Among the Missing and now appears in this newly revised edition with two never before collected stories.

 

Written before Among the Missing and originally published by Northwestern University Press, Fitting Ends features thirteen stories detailing the almost panicked angst of the American generation now approaching thirty.  Struggling with gaps between youthful expectations and adult experiences, these characters long for understanding and acceptance—but are thwarted by failed love, family disruptions, numbing work, and sexual confusion. 

 

Chaon is one of the most promising new voices in fiction, and this re-issued collection offers further evidence of his unique talent.

“The best of these stories . . . possess a rare, disorienting force. When you look up from them, the quality of light seems a little different. Its a reminder to those of us who have almost forgotten what literature can sometimes do.”

—Boston Book Review

“The most honest, observant and timely book written this year about the American generation now approaching thirty . . . Chaon speaks with clarity of feeling, and more than a little oddball wit, about the lives of those left behind the demographic curve of America—men and woman with pointless jobs, doughy faces, soured relationships, bad credit. . . . Each story pulls you into its subtle emotional vortex, largely because of Chaons knack for simple but poignant detail.”

—New York Newsday

“Remarkable . . . Each story is a marvel of complexity, dense with meaning and nuance. . . . Very few first works are as solid, moving, and pitch-perfect as Chaons.”

—The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“[AN] OFTEN PERCEPTIVE, LUCID VOICE.”

—The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Dan Chaon has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories for his mastery of the form. His new collection, Among the Missing, is a series of haunting insights into the human experience, an exploration of what happens when life doesn't go quite as planned.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345449092
Editor:
Smetanka, Dan
Author:
Smetanka, Dan
Author:
Chaon, Dan
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Young adults
Subject:
Short stories, American
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20030431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.21x5.44x.55 in. .46 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345449092 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The best of these stories...possess a rare, disorienting force. When you look up from them, the quality of light seems a little different. It?s a reminder to those of us who have almost forgotten what literature can sometimes do."
"Review" by , "The most honest, observant and timely book written this year about the American generation now approaching thirty. . . . Each story pulls you into its subtle emotional vortex, largely because of Chaon?s knack for simple but poignant detail."
"Review" by , "[An] often perceptive, lucid voice."
"Review" by , "Remarkable...Each story is a marvel of complexity, dense with meaning and nuance. ...Very few first works are as solid, moving, and pitch-perfect as Chaon?s."
"Review" by , "Powerful...A writer to savor...Dan Chaon shows a marked affinity in both setting and sensibility with fellow Midwesterners Wright Morris and Willa Cather."
"Synopsis" by , In this first collection, the recipient of numerous awards, Chaon has written 13 wonderfully deft stories detailing the almost panicked angst of the American generation now approaching 30. Like the families he explored in Among the Missing, the characters here are struggling with the gaps between their perceptions and reality.
"Synopsis" by , Fitting Ends is the first collection of fiction by the acclaimed author of the National Book Award finalist Among the Missing and now appears in this newly revised edition with two never before collected stories.

 

Written before Among the Missing and originally published by Northwestern University Press, Fitting Ends features thirteen stories detailing the almost panicked angst of the American generation now approaching thirty.  Struggling with gaps between youthful expectations and adult experiences, these characters long for understanding and acceptance—but are thwarted by failed love, family disruptions, numbing work, and sexual confusion. 

 

Chaon is one of the most promising new voices in fiction, and this re-issued collection offers further evidence of his unique talent.

“The best of these stories . . . possess a rare, disorienting force. When you look up from them, the quality of light seems a little different. Its a reminder to those of us who have almost forgotten what literature can sometimes do.”

—Boston Book Review

“The most honest, observant and timely book written this year about the American generation now approaching thirty . . . Chaon speaks with clarity of feeling, and more than a little oddball wit, about the lives of those left behind the demographic curve of America—men and woman with pointless jobs, doughy faces, soured relationships, bad credit. . . . Each story pulls you into its subtle emotional vortex, largely because of Chaons knack for simple but poignant detail.”

—New York Newsday

“Remarkable . . . Each story is a marvel of complexity, dense with meaning and nuance. . . . Very few first works are as solid, moving, and pitch-perfect as Chaons.”

—The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“[AN] OFTEN PERCEPTIVE, LUCID VOICE.”

—The New York Times Book Review

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