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Last car over the Sagamore Bridge : stories

Author: Peter Orner
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Orner
ISBN: 9780316224642 0316224642
OCLC Number: 816563550
Description: ix, 198 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Foley's Pond --
Occidental Hotel --
Spokane --
The poet --
Herb and Rosalie Swanson at the Cocoanut Grove --
My old boss E.J. once told me he was famous for goofy hats --
At the kitchen table --
Grand Pacific Hotel, Chicago, 1875 --
Railroad Men's Home --
Plaza Revolución, Mexico City, 6 a.m. --
Horace and Josephine --
I was six, maybe seven months old --
Pampkin's lament --
Lincoln --
Last car over the Sagamore Bridge --
Nathan Leopold writes to Mr. Felix Kleczka of 5383 S. Blackstone --
At the end of our street was a commune in a log mansion --
Detamble --
Dyke Bridge --
The mayor's dream --
Fourteen-year-olds, Indiana Dunes, late afternoon --
Denny Coughlin: in memory --
The divorce --
1979 --
The Vac-Haul --
The time I said it was only an emotional affair --
At the Fairmont --
Roman morning --
Eisendrath --
Woman in a Dubrovnik Café --
Reverend Hrncirik receives an airmail package --
Call these meditations of an overweight junior lifeguard --
Waukegan story --
Lubyanka Prison, Moscow, 1940 --
February 26, 1995 --
Late dusk, Joslin, Illinois --
Waldheim --
Renters --
On the 14 --
Longfellow --
Paddy Bauler in a quiet moment --
Geraldo, 1986 --
Harold Washington walks at midnight --
From the collected stories of Edmund Jerry (E.J.) Hahn, Vol. IV --
The gate --
A couple of years before I was born --
My mother stands by the window --
It may have been in The Wapshot Chronicle --
The moors of Chicago --
Belief, 1999 --
Irv Pincus used to steal lamps from Kaplan's Furniture --
Shhhhhh, Arthur's studying.
Other Titles: Short stories.
Responsibility: Peter Orner.

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"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.

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