LIT NIGHT: DAN CHAON
The acclaimed author of Await Your Reply and Among the Missing (a finalist for the National Book Award) returns with a new piece of literary suspense that’s steeped in the Satanic cult hysteria of the ‘80s. A suburban psychologist, Dustin is drifting through his forties when he hears the news: his adopted brother is being released from prison after a commuted life sentence for the massacre of their family—and he was originally sentenced based on outlandish accusations made in part by Dustin.
Simultaneously, Dustin—obsessed with the drowning deaths of a string of drunk college boys—begins to cross professional boundaries, putting his own family in harm’s way. An intimate thriller about the failures of memory and the perils of self-deception, Chaon’s nimble, chilling prose turns both past and present into haunted places.