Among the Missing

Among the Missing

By Dan Chaon

Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345441614, 288pp.

Publication Date: January 29, 2002


In this haunting, bracing new collection, Dan Chaon shares stories of men, women, and children who live far outside the American Dream, while wondering which decision, which path, or which accident brought them to this place. Chaon mines the psychological landscape of his characters to dazzling effect. Each story radiates with sharp humor, mystery, wonder, and startling compassion. Among the Missing lingers in the mind through its subtle grace and power of language.

About the Author
Dan Chaon is the acclaimed author of "Among the Missing", which was a finalist for the National Book Award. He is also the author of "You Remind Me of Me", which was named one of the best books of the year by the" Washington Post", " Chicago Tribune", " San" "Francisco Chronicle", " Christian Science Monito""r", and Entertainment Weekly", among other publications. He has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction and was the recipient of the 2006 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Chaon lives in Cleveland, Ohio, and teaches at Oberlin College, where he is the Pauline M. Delaney Professor of Creative Writing.

Praise For Among the Missing

“One of the best short story writers around . . . Dan Chaon’s stories are funny, heartbreaking, beautifully written, and intelligently conceived.”
Author of Birds of America

National Book Award—winning author

“With a story like [‘Big Me’] from the marvelous writer Dan Chaon, I am confronted not only with an unfathomable mystery such as that of the endurance of a single human identity over time, but also with new proof of the enduring value of telling tales in the ongoing struggle to understand those mysteries.”
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay