Join us at Sanborn Library as Peter Orner reads from his brand new collection of 44 interlocking short stories, Maggie Brown & Others.
In his orchestral and moving new book, Peter Orner, a writer who "doesn't simply bring his characters to life, he gives them souls" ( New York Times Book Review), chronicles people whose lives are at inflection points. In forty-four compressed gems, he grips us with a series of defining moments.
Orner, a two-time recipient of the Pushcart Prize, is the author of five previous books, including the novel Love and Shame and Love and the collection Esther Stories, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. His fiction has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. The winner of the Rome Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Orner teaches at Dartmouth College.
"The stories in Peter Orner's Maggie Brown & Others feel eternally human, less like they've been written and rather like they've been drawn by patient hands from an ancient aquifer of memory, longing, and soulful knowing."-- Adam Johnson
Free and open to the public. Reservations are not needed for this event. The Norwich Bookstore will be there with copies of Peter's book for purchase and signing.
In this powerful and virtuosic collection of interlocking stories, each one "a marvel of concision and compassion" (Washington Post), a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and "master of his form" (New York Times) takes the short story to new heights.$16.95ISBN: 9781936787258Availability: On Our Shelves Now (email to confirm availability)Published: Catapult - October 25th, 2016
A National Book Critics Circle Award finalist in Criticism$14.99ISBN: 9780316224611Availability: On Our Shelves Now (email to confirm availability)Published: Back Bay Books - August 5th, 2014
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.$14.99ISBN: 9780316129381Availability: Special Order (email to check availability)Published: Back Bay Books - November 13th, 2012
Alexander Popper can't stop remembering. Four years old when his father tossed him into Lake Michigan, he was told, Sink or swim, kid. In his mind, he's still bobbing in that frigid water.