Maggie Brown & Others: Stories (Hardcover)

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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's a first date that turns into a late-night road trip to a séance in an abandoned airplane hangar, or a family's memories of the painful mystery surrounding a forgotten uncle's demise, Orner reveals how our fleeting decisions between kindness and abandonment chase us across time. These stories are anchored by a poignant novella that delivers not only the joys and travails of a forty-year marriage, but an entire era in a working-class New England city. Bristling with the crackling energy of life itself, Maggie Brown & Others marks the most sustained achievement to date for "a master of his form" (New York Times).




About the Author


Peter Orner, a two-time recipient of the Pushcart Prize, is the author of five previous books, including the novel Love and Shame and Love and the collection Esther Stories, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. His memoir Am I Alone Here? was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His fiction has appeared in The Atlantic, The Paris Review, Tin House, and Granta, and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories. The recipient of the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Fullbright to Namibia, Orner holds the Darmouth Professorship of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College.

Praise For…


"In this collection of 44 compressed stories, Orner maintains his reputation as a master of the form."
New York Times Book Review (10 New Books We Recommend This Week)

"It's
been apparent since his first book, "Esther Stories" (2001), that Peter Orner
was a major talent...His exacting prose casts an elegiac and autumnal glow...You
know from the second you pick him up that he's the real deal. His sentences are
lit from below, like a swimming pool, with a kind of resonant yearning that's
impossible to fake...He has that gift (Keats saw it in Shakespeare) of "negative
capability"--in part that passive yet electric ability to submerge himself in
the thoughts and emotions of a wide range of humans... Orner can do anything."
Dwight Garner, The New York Times


"There's a
beautiful drifting quality to Maggie Brown & Others, a sense of being
invited inside a roving, kaleidoscopic mind--reluctant to generalize, tender,
astute, with an eye for both comedy and heartache--and adopting its rhythms as
your own... 'Lighted Windows' is the title of the collection's
second section, but the phrase might apply to the whole book. Peter Orner is a wonderful guide, training
our gaze from window to window, where we find reflections of ourselves
even as we glimpse the inscrutable, captivating lives on the other side of the
glass."
Elizabeth Graver, The New York Times


Orner is a master of the aphoristic short story. The forty-four concise and stinging tales in Maggie Brown & Others express a full spectrum of caustic observations, nuanced emotions, and life-warping predicaments . . . Orner writes with a heady blend of gravitas and wit similar to that of such kindred short-story virtuosos as Deborah Eisenberg, Andre Dubus, and Gina Berriault, while expressing his own edgy empathy and embrace of everyday absurdity."
Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review)


"Orner has a sharp eye for absurdity and a discerning ear for dialogue...Insightful, rueful, and often humorous, this collection holds a mirror to contemporary life and gives the reader much to reflect on."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"This collection's forty-four powerful tales express Orner's talent for crafting captivating character sketches that read like memoirs...Readers will sympathize with Orner's characters and identify with their all-too-human frailties."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"If you're going to pick up one short-story collection this summer,
might we suggest Maggie Brown?"
Entertainment Weekly

"There are 44 stories in this
collection, and they are all marvels of concision and compassion. Pick
it up. Trust me."
Bethanne Patrick, The Washington Post online

"The stories in Peter Orner's Maggie Brown & Others feel eternally human, less like they've been written and rather like they've been drawn by patient hands from an ancient aquifer of memory, longing, and soulful knowing."—Adam Johnson, author of Pulitzer Prize winner The Orphan Master's Son and National Book Award winner Fortune Smiles

"A master of flash fiction tosses Chekhov and
Carver into a blender, adds a dash of Catskills wit, and serves up an
effervescent cocktail conjuring sunset beach strolls and marriages on the
rocks."
Oprahmag.com


"Orner writes simultaneously
heartbreaking and witty stories"
AV Club


"It's unusual for a writer of such great detail and originality to still have so much heart on his sleeve. I didn't realize how I'd missed actual feeling in our celebrated younger writers until I fell onto Peter Orner and these sublime new stories. I may not go back."—Thomas McGuane, author of Gallatin Canyon

"Peter Orner is an extraordinary writer, and Maggie Brown & Others was a deep pleasure to read. His stories teem with life and energy, and unfold with a kind of soulful grace he has made all his own."—Adam Haslett, two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of Imagine Me Gone

"No one captures the inner lives of vanished places and people like Peter Orner. Radiant, funny, full of wisdom and heart, his vibrant portraits pulse with authentic energy and are as perfectly tuned to his characters' idiosyncratic speech as those of Grace Paley."—Andrea Barrett, National Book Award-winning author of Ship Fever and The Air We Breathe

"To read Peter Orner's stories is to live simultaneously in so many lives: the reader's memories intertwine with the characters', the characters' dreams resurface in the reader's. People we have loved and lost, people we have encountered and missed -- they wait for us to rediscover them in Orner's stories. This book, exquisitely written, is as necessary and expansive as life."—Yiyun Li, author of Where Reasons End and A Thousand Years of Good Prayers
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316516112
ISBN-10: 0316516112
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: July 2nd, 2019
Pages: 336