Esther Stories

Esther Stories


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One of the most acclaimed and original story collections of the last decade, Peter Orner's first book explores the brief but far-reaching occasions that haunt us. The discovery of a murdered man in a bathrobe by the side of a road, the destruction of a town's historic City Hall building, and the recollection of a cruel wartime decision are equally affecting in Orner's vivid and intimate gaze. The first half of the book concerns the lives of unrelated strangers across the American landscape, and the second introduces two very different Jewish families, one on the East Coast, the other in the Midwest. Yet Orner's real territory is memory, and this book of wide-ranging and innovative stories remains an important and unique contribution to the art of the American short story.

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  • Paperback | 229 pages
  • 138 x 208 x 22mm | 90.72g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0316224685
  • 9780316224680
  • 734,148

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"A luminous debut collection. . . .Like Amy Bloom and Charles Baxter, Orner has a gift for revealing how the tragic and the mundane occupy equal berths in our limited mental space." "John Freeman, Chicago Tribune""

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About Contributor Peter Orner

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.

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