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Peter Orner


Peter Orner

Peter Orner is the author of two novels, THE SECOND COMING OF MAVALA SHIKONGO and LOVE AND SHAME AND LOVE, and two story collections, ESTHER STORIES and LAST CAR OVER THE SAGAMORE BRIDGE. His latest book, AM I ALONE HERE?, a memoir, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Orner’s fiction and nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic Monthly, Granta, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, The Southern Review and many other publications. Stories have been anthologized in Best American Stories and twice received a Pushcart Prize. Orner has been awarded the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy in Rome, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a two-year Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship, as well as a Fulbright to Namibia.

Peter Orner

Books by Peter Orner

by Peter Orner - Fiction, Short Stories

In MAGGIE BROWN & OTHERS, Peter Orner chronicles people whose lives are at inflection points. Whether it's a first date that turns into a late-night road trip to a séance in an abandoned airplane hangar, or a family's memories of the painful mystery surrounding a forgotten uncle's demise, Orner reveals how our fleeting decisions between kindness and abandonment chase us across time. These stories are anchored by a poignant novella that delivers not only the joys and travails of a 40-year marriage, but an entire era in a working-class New England city.

by Peter Orner - Fiction

Covering four generations of the Popper family of Chicago, Peter Orner illuminates the countless ways that love both makes us whole and completely unravels us. The novel is a comic and sorrowful tapestry of memory of connection and disconnection.