Amazon Best Books of the Month, May 2011: You would be hard pressed to find a more consistent collection of short stories than Daniel Orozco's Orientation: And Other Stories, which gives us a surprising glimpse into lives that are too strange for a novel, but too fascinating to ignore. "The Bridge" tells us about bridge painters, who must, with some regularity, talk people down from throwing themselves off bridges. "I Run Every Day" profiles a boy whose embrace of isolation and his jogging routine leads him to commit a terrible act. But "Hunger Tales," the stickiest story in the book, is a series of deeply affecting vignettes about how the things we eat can make us feel guilt, loneliness, and comfort all at the same time. Orozco, whose work has been featured in McSweeney's, Harper's, and Best American Short Stories, recalls the melancholic tone of Dave Eggers (especially if you've read his short stories in How We Are Hungry) paired with the wit of George Saunders and a trace of Joyce Carol Oates's dark humor. But Orozco’s voice is unique, even if it is universally felt. --Kevin Nguyen
“Inspired . . . acidly comic . . . virtuosic.” —Ted Weesner, The Boston Globe
“‘Temporary Stories,’ the eighth entry in Daniel Orozco’s debut collection, Orientation (Faber and Faber), is a gem and a killer. Not since Henry James’s ‘In the Cage’ has a writer so perfectly captured the anxieties of interacting with the public for pay. Somehow, Orozco manages to convey James’s psychological acuity with one-tenth of his clauses, mingling it with Steven Millhauser’s sense of lunatic joy.” —Eugenia Williamson, The Boston Phoenix
“Orozco’s long-anticipated collection, Orientation and Other Stories, holds a cracked Barthelme-meets-Kafka-esque mirror to this twenty-first-century American life.” —Megan O’Grady, Vogue
“[Orozco’s] cracked characters grip like Krazy Glue.” —Lisa Shea, Elle
“These nine darkly funny, profoundly compassionate stories take as their subject the loneliness particular to contemporary culture . . . ‘You can’t know anybody, not really, not in the brief overlaps of flimsy acquaintance, nor in the tenuous and fleeting opportunities for connection that we are afforded,’ thinks a man about to be shot for the $60 in his wallet. But the real genius here is the subtle accumulation of evidence to the contrary—the insistence that even in the office cubicle, or between the lines of the police blotter, human contact is sought after and made.” —More magazine
“The moment you begin this incomparable debut, you’ll discover why Daniel Orozco’s fans have been shouting his praises for years. In these wildly original stories, single details reveal whole human lives; the impersonal dissolves seamlessly into the personal; the geological transforms into the psychological; and the short story itself breaks open to reveal previously unimagined possibility. This may be Orozco’s first collection, but he’s nothing short of a master.” —Julie Orringer, author of The Invisible Bridge and How to Breathe Underwater
“Orientation is a seriously good book—beautifully written, rigorous, funny, brokenhearted, smart, and without a hint of pretense. Orozco has achieved that rare thing, his own prose rhythm, and the truth of it is a pleasure to the ear.” —Adam Haslett, author of Union Atlantic
“I became a fan of Daniel Orozco when I first read the story ‘Orientation’ back in the 1990s. I’ve been waiting eagerly for this collection ever since, and I’m so grateful to have it in my hands at last. Orozco is a vital American writer, and this book is cause for celebration.” —Dan Chaon, author of Await Your Reply
“At a time when trivial tales are often expanded and diluted into book-length narratives, Daniel Orozco’s Orientation brings hope for the return of serious short-form storytelling. The stories in this collection make one marvel at the bigness of their creator’s mind—each of them has the depth and scope of a novel. Orozco has both the relentlessness and the compassion of a truly great writer.” —Yiyun Li, author of The Vagrants
“This book brims with big, deadly surprises and sharp, hallucinatory images. Orozco can do anything: first, second, third person; he can explode moments into whole stories, and dash through lifetimes in a paragraph. Orientation contains nine unsettling, boundary-crossing, and exquisitely-fashioned stories—and I won't be surprised when it becomes a classic.” —Anthony Doerr, author of The Shell Collector and Memory Wall
Each character comes across with a unique voice.
Orozco's vivid attention to detail describing the sometimes terrifying aspects of this job will make readers think about this iconic bridge in a whole new way.
Less is better - it can be said of the collection of short stories Orientation by Daniel Orozco.
I have been waiting a long time to read this book. In fact, it must have been on my list of to-reads for many years now, until I finally succumbed and ordered it online, losing all... Read morePublished 5 months ago by S. Shamma
Kindle edition. Some of the stories were EXCELLENT, particularly the ones about working in an office environment. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ellen M.
One story stands out for me. The one about the workers on the Golden Gate Bridge, to me, was the most compelling. I loved every word.Published 14 months ago by P. Brown
Less is better - it can be said of the collection of short stories Orientation by Daniel Orozco. Nine short stories, collected under the book cover for the first time, were... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ray Garraty
I read this for a class and realized very quickly that I do not like literary fiction. Why these word collections qualify as "stories" I will never know. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Country Mom
Short stories are hard to write. They have to be a snapshot of life but carefully cropped so that the picture in itself is a complete story. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Tristan
Some story collections contain a couple gems and a bunch of filler. That's not the case here. Every story in this perfect collection dazzles. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Stephanie A. Harrell
Two police officers who find themselves falling in love, documented in the pages of a police blotter. A group of bridge painters. Read morePublished on August 5, 2012 by Larry Hoffer