Justin Cronin, Dan Chaon at Bay View’s Sugar Maple
Authors to discuss ‘The Passage,’ ‘Await Your Reply’
In The Passage, author Justin Cronin imagines a story in which the
government’s creation of vampire-like super-soldiers backfires, leading to
post-apocalyptic devastation amid the spawning of modern-day Frankenstein’s
creatures. As society crumbles, two people flee in search of sanctuary in this
tale that chronicles human endurance in the face of catastrophe. A mixture of
science fiction, horror and adventure recommended by none other than Stephen
King, The Passage is a literary
thriller written with imagination and masterful prose.
Cronin is the author of Mary and O’Neil—winner of the
PEN/Hemingway Award and the Stephen Crane Prize—and The Summer Guest. Cronin, who earned an MFA from the renowned
University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, teaches English at Rice University.
Fellow writer Dan Chaon
is the creator of Await Your Reply, a
chilling examination of three very different strangers whose lives connect in
unexpected ways. Await your Reply is
an unforgettable analysis of personal identity that questions our very
existence and the elements that make us who we are. This startling and often
depressing scrutiny of the American myth of self-reinvention is unveiled
through each character’s isolated existence in a layered plotline filled with gripping
originality and riveting suspense.
Await Your Reply is Chaon’s second novel and fourth
literary manuscript. His short story collection, Among the Missing, was a finalist for a National Book Award and his
debut novel, You Remind Me of Me, was
named one of the best books of the year in 2005 by The Boston Globe, Chicago
Tribune and a number of other publications. Chaon teaches creative writing
at Oberlin College.
Cronin and Chaon will appear at Sugar Maple on June 10 at 7 p.m. in an event sponsored by Boswell Book Co.