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.
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Published September 6, 2011
by Faber & Faber.
Literature & Fiction.