Reviews Keep Coming for AWAIT YOUR REPLY

We’ve been tracking the chorus of acclaim for Dan Chaon’s literary thriller, Await Your Reply. Amazingly, nearly two months after its publication, reviewers continue to write about the book. Maureen Corrigan, book critic for NPR’s Fresh Air added her voice on Friday, calling the book “A Smart, Twisting Novel Of Identity And Confusion.”

Not everyone is convinced, however. This weekend, the Boston Globe ran a review of it under the headline “Reply goes for the cheap thrill.” Heaping scorn on the concept of a literary thriller, the reviewer says, “…these hopeful ventures are not only short on literature, but short on thrill: a queasy in-between.” Await Your Reply proves the point, he says; “Straining for the pace of a supermarket paperback, it’s a long way down from [Chaon’s] first, You Remind Me of Me.”

By our count, including prepub reviews, that’s 15 thumbs up and just one down.

Holds continue to be heavy.

Await Your Reply: A Novel
Dan Chaon
Retail Price: $25.00
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books – (2009-08-25)
ISBN / EAN: 0345476026 / 9780345476029

Also available on Phoenix Audio

  • CD: $32.95; ISBN 9781597772778

Downloadable eBook and audio from OverDrive.

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