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Orner, Peter

Works: 28 works in 84 publications in 6 languages and 4,543 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Medical fiction  Domestic fiction  War fiction  Interviews  Biography  Short stories  Personal narratives  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Thesis advisor
Classifications: PS3615.R58, 813.6
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Peter Orner
Most widely held works by Peter Orner
Love and shame and love : a novel by Peter Orner( Book )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and German and held by 971 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The interactions of four generations of the Popper family reveal the ways in which love, memory, and connections can make individuals whole or completely unravel them
Underground America : narratives of undocumented lives by Peter Orner( Book )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2017 in English and Spanish and held by 770 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Underground America presents the remarkable oral histories of men and women living without legal status and struggling to carve a life for themselves in the U.S.--[Book jacket]
The second coming of Mavala Shikongo : a novel by Peter Orner( Book )

14 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 717 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Set in Namibia just after independence in the early 1990s, Peter Orner's first novel is a chronicle of the long days, short loves, and cold nights at Goas, an all-boys Catholic primary school so deep in the veld that "even the baboons feel sorry for us." Though physically isolated in semi-desert beneath a relentless sun, the people of Goas create an alternate, more fertile universe through the stories they tell each other. The book's central character is Mavala Shikongo, a combat veteran who fought in Namibia's long war for independence against South Africa. She has recently returned to the school--with a child, but no husband. Mavala is modern, restless, and driven, in sharp contrast to conservative Goas. All the male teachers (including a bumbling but observant volunteer from Cincinnati) try not to fall in love with her. Everyone fails--immediately and miserably."--The publisher - (July 2006)
Last car over the Sagamore Bridge : stories by Peter Orner( Book )

5 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 555 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge, Peter Orner zeroes in on the strange ways our memories define us: A woman's husband dies before their divorce is finalized; a man runs for governor of Illinois and loses much more than an election; two brothers play beneath the infamous bridge at Chappaquiddick. Employing the masterful compression for which he's become known, Orner presents a kaleidoscope of individual lives viewed in startling, intimate close-up. Whether writing of Geraldo Rivera's attempt to reveal the contents of Al Capone's vault or of a father and daughter trying to outrun a hurricane, he illuminates universal themes. In stories that span considerable geographic ground--from Chicago to Wyoming, from Massachusetts to the Czech Republic--he writes of the past we can't seem to shake, the losses we can't make up for, and how our stories help us reclaim what we thought was gone forever."--Jacket
Esther stories by Peter Orner( Book )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and Italian and held by 521 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A debut collection of thirty-two pieces of short fiction explores the influence of life's brief but essential moments on the future lives of the characters as it chronicles the fates both of unrelated strangers and of two Jewish families, one from the East Coast, the other from the Midwest
Hope Deferred : Narratives of Zimbabwean Lives( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The twenty-five men and women who tell their stories in Hope Deferred comprise a unique colletion of voices from Zimbabweans of all ages and backgrounds. They are mothers and fathers, former soldiers and policemen, entrepreneurs, traders, and activists. Many have fled their home country in search of peace and opportunity elsewhere. --Book Jacket
The best American short stories( Recording )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An audio sampling of the premier annual showcase of the country's finest short fiction
Don't listen to what I'm about to say : voices of Zimbabwe( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Section 1. Exile. Violet -- Aaron -- Elizabeth -- Zenzele . Section 2. Matabeleland. John -- Nokuthula -- Boniface. Section 3. Farms. Tsitsi -- George. Section 4. Rurals. Alice -- Lovemore. Section 5. Mountains. Samuel -- Brian -- Nicola -- Edmore. Section 6. The Capital. Father John -- Pamela and Themba -- Briggs. Section 7. Border. Oscar -- Bernard -- Amos -- Matthew -- Rudo. Section 8. Sankoh Chari is still alive -- Sankoh
Seep : five stories by Peter Orner( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dans les murs by Peter Orner( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in French and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poursuit l'exploration de coins de vies dévastées, des existences rattrapées par le passé. Un enfant regarde le bois d'une table où sont gravées des initiales, celles de sa mère. Un couple silencieux revit sans fin la mort de leur enfant unique. Une femme entend dans les murs de son appartement les cris de la petite fille qui a un jour été violée
Un solo tipo di vento by Peter Orner( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in Italian and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De terugkeer van Mavala Shikongo : roman by Peter Orner( Recording )

1 edition published in 2010 in Dutch and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Op een kleine basisschool in een warme uithoek van Namibië worden de hoofden van de mannen op hol gebracht als ze bezoek krijgen van een vroegere guerilla-strijdster
Lavil : life, love, and death in Port-au-Prince by Peter Orner( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Good kids : a novel by Benjamin Nugent( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"At fifteen, Josh Paquette and Khadijah Silvergate-Dunn catch Josh's father and Khadijah's mother kissing in a natural foods store. As both of their families fall apart, the teenagers sign a pact never to cheat on anyone, ever. They have no problem keeping the vow-- until they meet again at twenty-eight, both struggling with career and identity, and both engaged to other people"--Dust jacket flap
A constellation of vital phenomena : a novel by Anthony Marra( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"In a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night and then set fire to her home. When their lifelong neighbor Akhmed finds Havaa hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives. He will seek refuge at the abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded. For Sonja, the arrival of Akhmed and Havaa is an unwelcome surprise. Weary and overburdened, she has no desire to take on additional risk and responsibility. But over the course of five extraordinary days, Sonja's world will shift on its axis and reveal the intricate pattern of connections that weaves together the pasts of these three unlikely companions and unexpectedly decides their fate. A story of the transcendent power of love in wartime, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is a work of sweeping breadth, profound compassion, and lasting significance."--Publisher's description
A fairly good time by Mavis Gallant( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

An NYRB Classics Original Mavis Gallant's two novels are as memorable as her many short stories. Full of wit, whim, and psychological poignancy, A Fairly Good Time, here accompanied by Green Water, Green Sky, encapsulates Gallant's unparalleled skill as a storyteller. Shirley Perrigny (nee Norrington, then briefly Higgins), the heroin of A Fairly Good Time, is an original. Derided by the Parisians she lives among and chided by her fellow Canadians, this young, widowed girl recently remarried to a French journalist named Philippe is fond of quoting from Jane Austen and Kingsley Amis to describe her life and of using her myopia as a defense against social aggression. As the fixed points in Shirley's life begin to recede Philippe having apparently though not definitively left her freewheeling, makeshift and self-abnegating ways come to seem an aspect of devotion to her fellow man. Could the unreliable protagonist be the unwitting heroine of her own story? Green Water, Green Sky, Gallant's first novel, is a darker tale of the fractured family life of Bonnie McCarthy, an American divorcee, and her daughter, Flor. Uprooted and unmoored, mother and daughter live like itinerants--in Venice, Cannes, and Paris--glamorous and dependent. From this untidy life and the false notes of her mother, Flor attempts to flee, with little hope of escape. --Provided by publisher
Borrowed rooms by Peter Orner( )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

High rise stories : voices from Chicago public housing by Audrey Petty( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

<DIV>In the gripping first-person accounts of High Rise Stories, former residents of Chicago's iconic public housing projects describe life in the now-demolished high-rises. These stories of community, displacement, and poverty in the wake of gentrification give voice to those who have long been ignored, but whose hopes and struggles exist firmly at the heart of our national identity. </DIV>
Am I alone here? : notes on living to read and reading to live by Peter Orner( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Stories, both my own and those I've taken to heart, make up whoever it is that I've become," Peter Orner writes in this collection of essays about reading, writing, and living. Orner reads-and writes-everywhere he finds himself: a hospital cafeteria, a coffee shop in Albania, or a crowded bus in Haiti. The result is "a book of unlearned meditations that stumbles into memoir." Among the many writers Orner addresses are Isaac Babel and Zora Neale Hurston, both of whom told their truths and were silenced; Franz Kafka, who professed loneliness but craved connection; Robert Walser, who spent the last twenty-three years of his life in a Swiss insane asylum, "working" at being crazy; and Juan Rulfo, who practiced the difficult art of silence. Virginia Woolf, Eudora Welty, Yasunari Kawabata, Saul Bellow, Mavis Gallant, John Edgar Wideman, William Trevor, and VAclav Havel make appearances, as well as the poet Herbert Morris-about whom almost nothing is known. An elegy for an eccentric late father, and the end of a marriage, Am I Alone Here' is also a celebration of the possibility of renewal. At once personal and panoramic, this book will inspire readers to return to the essential stories of their own lives
Hope Deferred : Narratives of Zimbabwean Lives by Peter Orner( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The situation in Zimbabwe represents one of the worst humanitarian emergencies today. This book asks the question: How did a country with so much promise #x97; a stellar education system, a growing middle class, a sophisticated economic infrastructure, a liberal constitution, an independent judiciary, and many of the trappings of Western democracy #x97; go so wrong? In their own words, Zimbabweans recount their experiences of losing their homes, land, livelihoods, and families as a direct result of political violence. They describe being tortured in detention, firebombed at work, or beaten up or raped
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Love and shame and love : a novel
Alternative Names
Orner, Peter 1968-

Peter Orner Amerikaans romanschrijver

Peter Orner Novelist, short story writer

Underground America : narratives of undocumented livesThe second coming of Mavala Shikongo : a novelEsther storiesHope Deferred : Narratives of Zimbabwean LivesThe best American short storiesDon't listen to what I'm about to say : voices of Zimbabwe