You Remind Me of Me
A NovelBook - 2005
You Remind Me of Me begins with a series of separate incidents: In 1977, a little boy is savagely attacked by his mother's pet Doberman; in 1997 another little boy disappears from his grandmother's backyard on a sunny summer morning; in 1966, a pregnant teenager admits herself to a maternity home, with the intention of giving her child up for adoption; in 1991, a young man drifts toward a career as a drug dealer, even as he hopes for something better. With penetrating insight and a deep devotion to his characters, Dan Chaon explores the secret connections that irrevocably link them. In the process he examines questions of identity, fate, and circumstance: Why do we become the people that we become? How do we end up stuck in lives that we never wanted? And can we change the course of what seems inevitable?
In language that is both unflinching and exquisite, Chaon moves deftly between the past and the present in the small-town prairie Midwest and shows us the extraordinary lives of "ordinary" people.
From the Hardcover edition.
PS3553.H277 Y68 2005x
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All that would be erased, he thought. He remembered the way his grandfather had described the death of Jonah's grandmother, years and years before Jonah was born. "Excaping this world," Jonah's grandfather had said with wistful admiration, as if the grandmother's death had involved something masterful and Houdini-like instead of a mere car accident.
She is tired today; she didn't sleep well. Recently she's been troubled by strange fluctuations of her pulse as she lies does to sleep, and then, once her pulse stops accelerating and she begins to drift off, her heart seems to stop. It is as if the body has suddenly forgotten that it is necessary to keep blood pumping, and she rises with a jolt into consciousness, like a cork from the bottom of a bucket of water.
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