Maggie Brown & Others by Peter Orner

Maggie Brown & Others

In this powerful and virtuosic collection of interlocking stories, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist takes the form to new heights.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. Whether it'...


Details Maggie Brown & Others

TitleMaggie Brown & Others
ISBN9780316516112
Author
Release DateJul 2nd, 2019
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
GenreShort Stories, Fiction, Contemporary, Short Story Collection
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Reviews Maggie Brown & Others

  • Richard Derus
    2019-07-19
    Real Rating: 4.5* of fiveAll the stars, all the stripes, all the band fanfares for Walt Kaplan is Broke: A Novella! The Chicago stuff, Lighted Windows, not so much; the thematic unity there was love, looking for love, running into it without meaning to, and that's pretty much why short stories get a bad rap from most folks because, in the end, who friggin cares. Renters: A Sequence was affecting as a group of minor stories, cohesive in their cent...
  • Jennifer
    2019-04-05
    A quiet "wow" of a collection
  • Ken
    2019-08-10
    I'd never heard of Peter Orner before, much less read him, but the New York Times put me on to him (and many other authors), which is why I keep the New York Times around. Anyway, as is true of any short story (plus a final novella) collection, mixed results, but in this case mostly a very fine mix. This isn't Orner's first rodeo, as they say.One bit I especially liked was a riff on Chekhov (short story masters riff on short story masters, I gues...
  • Nancy
    2019-07-18
    What kind of word magician writes a novella in short stories that leaves me in tears when a character dies? These snippets pieced together a life, a community. And I hated to leave.I had heard a lot of buzz about Peter Orner's Maggie Brown & Others. And it was on my pre-approved NetGalley shelf. I squeezed it into my reading schedule.The early short stories captivated me. Twice I quoted the book for David Abrams' Sunday Sentence on Twitter, where...
  • Sonya
    2019-06-05
    Thanks to NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.The characters in this story collection oftentimes feel disconnected from the roles they seem to be stuck in. The stories take place from 1950 to the 1990s, with the distinct sensibility of a pre-technology era. Many of the stories are about family who are cast out from their expected roles due to poor luck, addiction, and mental illness. Orner's prose pulls on ...
  • Jonathan Maas
    2019-05-15
    Putting this review here as a placeholder. Considering every other Peter Orner book I have read is 10 stars out of 5, Maggie Brown gets 5 stars on average.But yeah I am sure it is 10 stars out of 5 like every other Peter Orner book haha.Look forward to reading it when it comes out!
  • Samantha
    2019-07-08
    We don’t spend enough time talking about how good Peter Orner is.
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    2019-06-27
    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/'Amazing what our bodies are designed to take.'Amazing what our hearts and souls are designed to take too. This is a hell of a collection of connected stories by Peter Orner. I was blown away by all of the characters because they resembled reality too much, the pain of being alive, our insecurities, our curiosity about family members closest to us, our assumptions about others that diminish them ...
  • Ella Chochrek
    2019-08-16
    “Maggie Brown & Others” is the kind of book that makes you understand the meaning behind the ordinary occurrences of everyday life. Short stories are a form especially well-suited to covering the quotidian — and Peter Orner does it masterfully. I found this book unsatisfying in a good way. The stories often end with a character stuck in a deep place of longing, questioning how they ended up where they are. Very true to life.
  • Anneke
    2019-06-14
    Book Review: Maggie Brown & Others: StoriesAuthor: Peter OrnerPublisher: Little, Brown and CompanyPublication Date: July 2, 2019Review Date: June 14, 2019I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the blurb:“In this powerful and virtuosic collection of interlocking stories, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist takes the form to new heights.In his orchestral and moving new book, Peter Orner...
  • Pamela
    2019-08-13
    Like being stabbed in the heart by a sharp little switchblade approximately 57 times. Orner is terrific with dialogue; I've never read someone who so perfectly captures the self-interruptions and trailings-off of real conversation. His characters often say that talking gets in the way of understanding, but in his stories, the talking is the understanding.
  • Paul Wilner
    2019-07-10
    Wonderful collection! My interview with the author, Peter Orner, for ZYZZYVA magazine, is linked below:https://www.zyzzyva.org/2019/07/10/qa...
  • Steve Horowitt
    2019-08-05
    For me, Peter Orner is flat out one of the very best contemporary writers around. This collection of short and shorter stories, some only a few pages long, are humming with sentiment and huge impact. In short...awesome writing.
  • Edna
    2019-05-07
    In this powerful and virtuosic collection of interlocking stories, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist takes the form to new heights.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. Whether it'...
  • Paul
    2019-08-24
    This book reads like a loose collection of random anecdotes, but it's actually a tightly constructed collection of random anecdotes, arranged like the tiles to create a gorgeous mosaic of human frailty, fragility, stupidity and love, incomplete until the last piece is set in place. Mr. Orner's style is conversational, but such offhandedness is a function of how he trusts his readers to intuit the connections between characters and events without ...
  • Sara
    2019-07-15
    You'll want to read fast, but I urge you to read slooooow -- this is a masterful, transcendent, deceptively well-knit collection of spirited character (of messy heart, of outsized soul) born from an innate knowing, with lines that bring you to your knees:"You end up forgetting the people you shouldn't and remembering the people who've forgotten all about you."In short, these stories thrum with the unassuming brilliance and honest precision that i...
  • Patricia Geller
    2019-07-27
    I loved Orner’s collection the Esther Stories so was disappointed by this somewhat disjointed collection of short pieces. He is brilliant in portraying a lost time and putting you into their lives. The collection at the end works the best but I was not pulled in. It is hard to review a book when the writing is good but I found myself inpatient and unlike other books I gave up on, read it through the end.
  • Julie
    2019-08-09
    Orner is a master of the short story; my favorite in the collection was the novella Walt Kaplan Is Broke. I loved Walt, and (spoiler alert)- was bereft when he died. The other stories are easy to dip in and out of- some being only 2 or 3 pages.
  • Neelam Babul
    2019-08-13
    An engrossing collection of short stories that will deeply touch any reader and make for a good reading experience.
  • Carole Knoles
    2019-08-26
    With the reading of Maggie Brown & Others, I felt that I was being feed by the author with spoonful after spoonful of a delicious literary dish.
  • Adrienne Santamaria
    2019-07-18
    Enjoyed the writing, but the form left me wanting. The last section of the book felt like it was the most compelling and I wanted more of that and less of some of the vignettes.
  • Diane
    2019-08-11
    Excellent short story collection! More on Bookwinked at https://wp.me/p10jBT-1vO