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The long-awaited second collection of stories from a writer whose first was hailed as "one of the best story collections of the last decade" (Kevin Brockmeier).

In Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge, Peter Orner zeroes in on the strange ways our memories define us: A woman's husband dies before their divorce is finalized; a man runs for governor of Illinois and loses much more than an election; two brothers play beneath the infamous bridge at Chappaquiddick. Employing the masterful compression for which he's become known, Orner presents a kaleidoscope of individual lives viewed in startling, intimate close-up. Whether writing of Geraldo Rivera's attempt to reveal the contents of Al Capone's vault or of a father and daughter trying to outrun a hurricane, he illuminates universal themes. In stories that span considerable geographic ground-from Chicago to Wyoming, from Massachusetts to the Czech Republic — he writes of the past we can't seem to shake, the losses we can't make up for, and how our stories help us reclaim what we thought was gone forever.

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"A séance of a book — moody, tragic, sacred by turns." Stuart Dybek, author of The Coast of Chicago

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"A new story collection reaffirms Chicago-born Peter Orner's storytelling mastery." Chicago Tribune

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"Beautiful....Think Saul Bellow (Chicago setting, rollicking Jewish-style comedy) mated with Chekhov (unassuming, devastating detail), set to the twangy thump of early Tom Petty. Now that promises quite a love child." Boston Globe

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"One of our best and most adventurous writers....By casting a wide net and depicting so many and various souls, he urges us toward recognition of the transcendent — the beauty of it all, the one big soul." Daniel Woodrell, author of The Maid's Version

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"Peter Orner is a true writers' writer, which is to say a writer writers complain to writers about readers not reading. His novel The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo ranks high among the best works of fiction about Africa ever written by an American, and his collection Esther Stories contains work to rival that of David Means and Tobias Wolff. Orner's latest collection, Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge, is bundled into four sections and includes more than fifty pieces of fiction....Imagine Brief Interviews with Hideous Men written by Alice Munro." Tom Bissell, Harper's

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Peter Orner is the author of three acclaimed books, Esther Stories, The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo, and Love and Shame and Love. Some of the stories in Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge first appeared in Conjunctions, McSweeney's, Granta, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Bomb, A Public Space, and The Pushcart Prize XXXII. Born in Chicago, Orner now lives in San Francisco.

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Toshio, April 16, 2014 (view all comments by Toshio)
Once again an impressive collection from Peter Orner. It's refreshing to read a collection of stories that don't necessarily always have to have a unifying theme or characters, although some of the stories in this collection do.

What I enjoy most about the stories is how Orner will have a laser sharp focus on a particular moment in time--maybe a family memory or story that's been passed down through the years and then he'll distill that moment down to its core leaving the reader with a profound understanding of that character or with a question that resonates with our own lives.

One example of this is in "Moors of Chicago" where he captures the dynamic of an entire family in a two page story. The narrator recalls his family visiting this hill, a place where his parents would bring the family in an attempt to bring them closer together. He remembers his father building a paper kite and in an attempt to bond with his children, to express his love for them, they go out to the hill for the test flight. The kite crashes to the ground and the boy stomps on it, destroying his fathers attempt.

He closes the story in such a way that we understand their issues, we understand that each member is somehow isolated from one another and this place that's supposed to bring them together cannot save them.
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Product details pages Little Brown and Company - English 9780316224642 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A séance of a book — moody, tragic, sacred by turns."
"Review" by , "A new story collection reaffirms Chicago-born Peter Orner's storytelling mastery."
"Review" by , "Beautiful....Think Saul Bellow (Chicago setting, rollicking Jewish-style comedy) mated with Chekhov (unassuming, devastating detail), set to the twangy thump of early Tom Petty. Now that promises quite a love child."
"Review" by , "One of our best and most adventurous writers....By casting a wide net and depicting so many and various souls, he urges us toward recognition of the transcendent — the beauty of it all, the one big soul."
"Review" by , "Peter Orner is a true writers' writer, which is to say a writer writers complain to writers about readers not reading. His novel The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo ranks high among the best works of fiction about Africa ever written by an American, and his collection Esther Stories contains work to rival that of David Means and Tobias Wolff. Orner's latest collection, Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge, is bundled into four sections and includes more than fifty pieces of fiction....Imagine Brief Interviews with Hideous Men written by Alice Munro."
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