man standing at edge of huge cliff with back towards canyon

“Sophomore, 19, is School Year’s First Fatality” by Dan Chaon

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A young man drives home from a party, thinking that by taking the back roads he will avoid the police and a DUI. He realizes too late that there are worse things than getting a DUI. Like him, one could drive to the edge of a cliff without realizing it, exit one’s vehicle and fall down a cliff only to impale himself on a tree. It is then, as he is no longer able to avoid the severity of his situation, do we witness a shift in how he sees life and faces death.

Sophomore, 19, is School Year's First Fatality

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About the Author
Dan Chaon's stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize, and the Pushcart Prize. His collection Among the Missing was a National Book Award nominee; his most recent collection, Stay Awake, was a finalist for the Story Prize. He lives in Cleveland.
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