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Maggie Brown & Others

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If you enjoyed A Key to Treehouse Living, then you’ll love Maggie Brown & Others.

“These stories are refreshingly free of twenty-first century snark or satire. Orner tries to deeply understand and empathize with his characters in all their flawed, human messiness. Throughout these stories, you'll frequently find yourself wondering, "Is he talking about me?"”

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In this powerful and virtuosic collection of interlocking stories, each one "a marvel of concision and compassion" (Washington Post), Peter Orner, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and "master of his form" (New York Times), takes the short story to new heights.
 
Through forty-four compressed gems, Peter Orner, a writer who "doesn't simply bring his characters to life, he gives them souls" (NYT Book Review), chronicles people whose lives are at inflection points, gripping 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).


- A New York Times Notable Book
- Longlisted for the Simpson/Joyce Carol Oates Prize
- An Oprah Magazine Best Book of 2019
- Kirkus "Best Short Fiction of 2019"


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