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Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge Hardcover – August 6, 2013

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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, August 2013: Peter Orner’s exquisite second collection of stories rambles across time and place, from postwar 1947 to 1978 to 1958, from Chappaquiddick to Chicago to the Czech Republic, each exposing a small, intimate moment. Like an uncomfortably candid photograph (the work of William Eggleston or Vivian Maier comes to mind), the stories are finite and tightly framed, some just a page or two. Some are whimsical, some sobering, and most conclude with a “wow” moment that requires a pause--to reflect on the horror or beauty of the story, or the bravado of the writer. In one of the strongest pieces, a boy-girl conversation about an ex-lover turns unexpectedly chilling, ending with the perfect closing line: “I said don’t touch me.” From a frightened dad suffering a “permanent state of mourning” to the “childless couple” murdered in their garage to the brothers looking back on the day they fished beneath the infamous bridge at Chappaquiddick, Orner’s characters are raw, exposed, often sad, and the dialogue conveys the uncomfortable sense that you’re spying on deeply personal conversations. In a year of high-profile collections (George Saunders, Karen Russell) Orner deserves a place among those who are bringing the short form back to new artistic heights. --Neal Thompson

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Orner is an undisputed master of the short short story (his first collection, Esther Stories, 2001, has just been reissued), a form that even shapes his novels (Love and Shame and Love, 2011). The 51 distilled tales in this fizzing, chilling, and incisive collection are rich in emotional intricacy, drama, and devilish humor. Also in high evidence is Orner’s fascination with fractious marriages and families under pressure—especially in beautifully rendered stories set in his native Illinois—and his gift for a touch of evil. A wife stands by her Bernie Madoffish husband. A man compulsively returns to a restaurant where a murder was committed. A father barely escapes a hurricane with his daughter. A woman recounts her lover’s disappearance and macabre reappearance. A woman in Mexico City misses her sister, who is out of reach in Ohio. With an eye to history and the mythic nature of public figures, Orner imagines Isaac Babel’s last moments and the struggles of Russian immigrants, the Kennedys, and Chicago mayors. This is a book of alchemical concentration, microcosmic resonance, arresting surprises, and stubborn tenderness. --Donna Seaman
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316224642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316224642
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,178,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Helpful Advice TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
"Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge" by Peter Orner is an interesting collection of fifty short stories.

Stories are divided into four parts: "Survivors", "The Normal", "In Moscow Everything Will Be Different" and "Country of Us", the main motive being a connection between our childhood and adulthood, and how confusing is for kids to understand confusing world of adults.

Although some of stories are made only of paragraph and others are several pages long they all tell stories about human emotions and human interactions. Stories are not placed in particular place or time, they're skipping through the decades and you can find yourself in places all around the world from Russia and Czech Republic, but most of them are placed in US Midwest. And although I don't live in US it's obvious that this location ensures a certain type of atmosphere, providing some special scene setting.

For me, the most beautiful story was "Spokane" that begins with an interesting question we asked ourselves and people around us at least once in our life - "If I tell you something will you listen? Will you not leave and will you listen...?" Are we going to tell some truths about ourselves to some other person, can we speak about our emotions or actions without being afraid of judgment, without fear that we will not be left alone, this is the type of questions the author asked in his stories, as well.

I didn't read Orner's first collection of stories Love and Shame and Love", I came to this book because of Amazon recommendation and enjoyed author's literary style a lot. As is the case with all collections of stories, not all of them would leave same impression on reader, for me some have left a powerful impression immediately, some other I should read once again when I will think about them.

As conclusion, if you enjoy reading short stories be sure not to miss this collection, you will probably like it as much as I did...
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I was not a huge fan of this collection, but I suspect the problem was me and not Peter Orner’s work, and there are certainly a number of stories and concepts I would absolutely recommend.

He’s written a series of very brief stories exploring things like what it means to survive the loss of a loved one and especially a loved one you would expect to outlive and how we conduct our relationships with the dead, how we fulfill our unfinished business with them; how we interact with what’s normal and what’s expected of us; the way different places can allow you to be a different person or to imagine yourself as one, to change; and the isolated, closed-off territories only accessible to the two of you you create in a relationship, what Orner refers to as “the country of us.” He emphasizes a strong sense of place and a profound and pervasive sense of loss, a pained nostalgia for a past you can’t keep hold of anymore.

I was most struck and moved by his meditations on surviving loss and grief and the sadness, loss of dignity and fear of aging/looming mortality. He has a keen eye for Western grief rituals and tropes and the ways in which they fail to satisfy us, and many of his tales of the experience of the elderly had me reaching for the phone to call my grandmother. His style lends itself well to finding something real and evocative about these awesome, universal and terrifying human experiences, letting you feel it and leaving it at that. He doesn’t try to say too much about the unspeakable.

(Speaking of which, I was struck in reading it with this thought: ALL writing is fundamentally about human mortality on some level, isn’t it? It’s about a story that deserves to be remembered after you die and it would be obliterated if it only existed in your mind.
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There are two types of stories in the collection from Peter Orner titled, Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge: short and shorter. I enjoyed reading both types. Orner has the skill to present wit or devastation in just a few paragraphs. We don’t ever find out the complete life or story, but we get the condensed essence. Orner meanders from one time period and place to another in this collection. Each story includes finely written prose and cohesion. No matter how short the story, I consciously paced myself to read only one story at each sitting. I wanted to absorb what Orner did in one story before I started to read another. Readers who enjoy a wide range of short stories are those most likely to savor this finely written collection.

Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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"Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge" by Peter Orner is an interesting collection of fifty short stories.

Stories are divided into four parts: "Survivors", "The Normal", "In Moscow Everything Will Be Different" and "Country of Us", the main motive being a connection between our childhood and adulthood, and how confusing is for kids to understand confusing world of adults.

Although some of stories are made only of paragraph and others are several pages long they all tell stories about human emotions and human interactions. Stories are not placed in particular place or time, they're skipping through the decades and you can find yourself in places all around the world from Russia and Czech Republic, but most of them are placed in US Midwest. And although I don't live in US it's obvious that this location ensures a certain type of atmosphere, providing some special scene setting.

For me, the most beautiful story was "Spokane" that begins with an interesting question we asked ourselves and people around us at least once in our life - "If I tell you something will you listen? Will you not leave and will you listen...?" Are we going to tell some truths about ourselves to some other person, can we speak about our emotions or actions without being afraid of judgment, without fear that we will not be left alone, this is the type of questions the author asked in his stories, as well.

I didn't read Orner's first collection of stories Love and Shame and Love", I came to this book because of Amazon recommendation and enjoyed author's literary style a lot.
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