In “Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge,” Peter Orner, author of the highly regarded novels “Love and Shame and Love” (2011) and “The Second Coming of Mavala ShiKongo” (2006), as well as the acclaimed story collection “Esther Stories” (2001), makes his much-anticipated return to the short form with a magnificent and moving mosaic of remarkable narratives.
Many of the stories and vignettes in “Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge” are an impeccable page or two in length, and this poetic attention to language and ability to compress, to linger astutely and affectingly in the essential moment rather than become overly and unnecessarily consumed by the “what next?” questions and concerns of plotting, is perhaps the greatest strength of Orner’s writing.
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Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge: Stories
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