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Sept. 7, 2004

National Book Award Finalist Chaon Reads On WSUI

Dan Chaon, finalist for the National Book Award for the short-story collection "Among the Missing," will read from his new novel, "You Remind Me of Me," at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20, on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910.

The reading, hosted by Julie Englander, will be a free event at the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen on the Internet at

Chaon, who teaches at Oberlin College, made his reputation as a short-story writer, including winning an O Henry Award. "You Remind Me of Me" is his first novel.

A Publishers Weekly preview summarized, "Three lives viewed through a kaleidoscope of memories and secret pain assume a kind of mythical dimension in Chaon's piercingly poignant tale of fate, chance and search for redemption. . . Chaon structures his plot in alternating flashbacks, and the fragmentary time structure forces the reader to puzzle out the relationships and contributes to rising dramatic tension. Chaon's clarity of observation, expressed in restrained, nuanced prose, coupled with his compassion for his flawed characters, creates a heart-wrenching story of people searching for connection."

UI Writers' Workshop graduate Elizabeth McCracken, whose "Niagara Falls All Over Again" is the new All Iowa Reads selection, wrote, "'You Remind Me Of Me' is one of the strangest, most beautiful, most compelling books I've read in a long time. Unnerving and real, intricately plotted, wonderfully written, it's a Chinese box of a novel, full of hidden pleasures and surprises."

Jane Hamilton, author of "A Map of the World" commented, "One of Dan Chaon's many gifts is his ability to probe deeply and delicately into sorrow. This gift serves him beautifully in 'You Remind me of Me,' a novel about adoption, about the quiet sadness that lies at the bottom of all his characters' troubles."

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