It's official: Dan Chaon is one of my favorite authors. This collection includes some previously published (McSweeney's, Mid Atlantic) and newly seen stories; each one stellar; each one the kind of story/writing that makes me set the book down when finished in an attempt to stay in that space where an excellent story takes you. There's a feeling of displacement that flows through every story; ordinary people in ordinary days, but something is just slightly off in their lives. Love love love his writing. Also, I am super excited to be able to pronounce his name: "shawn." You would not believe how mungled I made his name when I attempted to say it.