The Bridge by Daniel Orozco

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A young bridge painter is awakened from the hum of daily routine by a face-to-face encounter with a woman in free fall. “The Bridge” is a story from Daniel Orozco’s critically acclaimed collection Orientation, which leads the reader through the hidden lives and moral philosophies of bridge painters, men housebound by obesity, office temps, and warehouse workers. He reveals the secret pleasures of late-night supermarket trips for cookie binges, exceptional data entry, and an exiled dictator’s occasional piss on the U.S. embassy. A love affair blooms between two officers in the impartially worded pages of a police blotter; a new employee’s first-day office tour includes descriptions of other workers’ most private thoughts and actions; during an earthquake, the consciousness of the entire state of California shakes free for examination.

Orientation introduces a writer at the height of his powers, whose work surely invites us to reassess the landscape of American fiction.

About Daniel Orozco

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Daniel Orozco's stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, Best American Mystery Stories, Best American Essays, and the Pushcart Prize anthology, as well as in Harper's Magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story, McSweeney's, Ecotone, and Story-Quarterly. He was awarded a 2006 NEA Fellowship and was a finalist for a 2006 National Magazine Award. A former Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford, he teaches creative writing at the University of Idaho.
Published September 6, 2011 by Faber & Faber. 10 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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