The Oberlin Review

Book Nook Review: Ill Will Presents Gripping Mysteries

James Cato

November 1, 2019

 Dan Chaon’s novel Ill Will follows a conspiracy through an Ohio haunted by insidious police, opioid addictions, and fractured families. Through the hazy eyes of 40-year-old Dustin Tillman, two murder mysteries unfold. One mystery comes from Dustin’s past; the other from his present. It left me chilled. Dustin is a psychologist, father, widower, and court witness to the savage killings of his parents by his abusive older brother Rusty. Thirty years after Dustin’s testimony, Rusty is exonerated by DNA testing, allowing him to potentially wreak havoc in revenge. Simultaneously, one of Dustin’s patients begins to convince him that a cult is behind the fatal overdoses of supposed binge-drinking frat boys. After hi...

Book Nook: Ill Will

Book Nook: Ill Will

October 11, 2019

 We’re back with Book Nook, our Review book club! For the month of October, the Arts & Culture Section will feature a book written by Obies or about the town of Oberlin. You have the chance to read along with us and submit your own review that encapsulates your thoughts about the book. All you have to do is write a few paragraphs — roughly 300 words — with your opinions and send it to [email protected] You may be published alongside some of our other readers. This month, we’ll...

Author and Delaney Professor of Creative Writing Dan Chaon reads from his latest novel, Ill Will, in Mudd library Wednesday night.

Oberlin Professor Unveils Critically Acclaimed Novel

October 27, 2017

Editor’s note: This article contains mention of drug use, murder, and cancer. Dan Chaon, Delaney Professor of Creative Writing, read from his latest novel, the dark, cunning Ill Will, and fielded questions as part of the Friends of the Oberlin College Libraries’ series on Wednesday night. In Ill Will, Chaon plays with perspective, form, and genre, earning a glowing review from The Washington Post which described it as “the scariest novel of the year.” In person, what came through especial...

From left: Associate Professor of English Gillian Johns, writer Percival Everett and Delaney Associate Professor of Creative Writing Dan Chaon discuss Everett’s work and philosophy at a Monday night Q&A with Everett moderatored by Johns and Chaon. Everett, author of over 20 novels, spent two days on campus and also gave a lecture on Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man the following night.

Everett Eschews Convention, Laughs at Lit Theory

April 11, 2014

According to Percival Everett, a novel is a little like jazz: “You know it when you see it; you know it when you hear it.” Everett ought to know, as the author of over 20 novels, most recently 2013’s Percival Everett by Virgil Russell. Everett, who is a distinguished professor of English at the University of Southern California, came to campus for a two-day visit. While Everett was often a little hard to follow — intentionally or otherwise — attendees knew when they heard and saw Everet...

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