Sunday, July 1, 2007

You Remind Me of Me

Chaon, Dan. You Remind Me of Me. New York: Ballantine Books, 2004

Chaon teaches at Oberlin College. This book looks at the lives of two half-brothers. The oldest was born when the mother was just a teenager. He was adopted and grew up with loving if somewhat neglectful parents. The youngest stayed with the mother who was haunted by the loss of her first child and suffered from addictions and depression. Neglected and abused by his mother, this youngest brother was viciously attacked and nearly killed by the family dog. He lives with both deep physical and metaphorical scars. The narrative shifts from the mother's story to the stories of each brother and moves around in time. Chaon also wrote the short story collection Among the Missing.

Both books are in the libraries collection:
Among the Missing PS 3553 .H277 A8 2001
You Remind Me of Me PS 3553. H277 &68 2004

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