Praise for ESTHER STORIES (2001)
"There's startling intimacy in every story of Peter Orner's debut collection."—Judy Doenges, Washington Post
"I was stunned by a sentence or two in every one of the works in Esther Stories."
—Rick Moody, The Hartford Courant
"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
"Some of Orner's very short stories are the best of that form that I have read since Isaac Babel's."—Andre Dubus
"If the short story were in need of a future, it has been found in Peter Orner."—Dennis Lehane
"These are stories of unusual delicacy and beauty, and this is a remarkable collection."—Charles Baxter
"Orner doesn't simply bring his characters to life, he gives them souls."—Margot Livesey, New York Times Book Review
About the Author
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.