Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge by Peter Orner

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5 Critic Reviews

...fires jewel-toned shards of fiction into a stunning whole.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

"A ravishing collection, full of wisdom, grief, beauty, and especially surprise."--Anthony Doerr, author of The Shell Collectors

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 has been widely praised, 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, Orner 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 the power of our stories to help us reclaim what we thought was gone forever.
 

About Peter Orner

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Peter Orner is the author of two other books, The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo, and Love and Shame and Love. Some of the stories in Esther Stories first appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Epoch, North American Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Southern Review, among other periodicals. One was reprinted in The Best American Short Stories 2001, and another in The Pushcart Prize XXVI. Orner was born in Chicago and now lives in San Francisco.
 
Published August 6, 2013 by Little, Brown and Company. 217 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Lauren Groff on Sep 20 2013

A reader could dip into this book anywhere, go for a walk, and come back later to be moved differently.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jun 03 2013

...fires jewel-toned shards of fiction into a stunning whole.

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Kirkus

Good
on Jun 09 2013

Orner packs memorable characters—and occasionally some plot as well—into an exceptionally small space.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Vinton Rafe McCabe on Aug 05 2013

Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge is an uneven collection to be sure, but is well worth the perusal. The reader willing to take the time considering these tales individually and collectively will find many rewards...

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Star Tribune

Excellent
Reviewed by Nick Healy on Aug 17 2013

His devotion is to his characters, to storytelling, and, finally, to readers. The people in Orner’s stories may be brilliant and surprising, or they may be grim and desperate, but they are never dull, never bland. They’ve led interesting lives. They have important things to say.

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