Sunday, October 25, 2009

Dan Chaon digs deep into the notion of identity

Dan Chaon's Await Your Reply is an amazing novel by an American writer at the top of his game. Dan speak at the Texas Book Festival this coming weekend (I'll be under the tents signing my book some on both Saturday and Sunday). I talked to him about it all for a San Antonio Express-News article that ran today.

Here's how it starts:

Imagine this: You change your name, dye your hair, buy a new wardrobe and move to a new city, leaving everything you've ever known behind. Would you cease to be you?

That's the central question of identity lurking behind National Book Award finalist Dan Chaon's beautifully written, thoughtful novel "Await Your Reply," and it's a question that hits very close to home for the author.

Read the rest here.

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