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Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge Hardcover – August 6, 2013
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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.Read more ›
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
Great, necessary read.
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Many different topics covered in the collection and all well written. Some very complex with a lot of background or context.Published on April 27, 2014 by TRJ.Stpaul
i had hoped for more. The writing is very simplistic. I didn't/couldn't finish it. What can I say it just didn't measure upPublished on January 24, 2014 by Kathleen Williams
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Dark, somewhat depressing. I don't think I care for his writing, and I will probably not read anything else by him.Published on January 17, 2014 by Michael Baldwin