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Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge: Stories

Peter Orner
New York : Little, Brown, 2013.
1st ed
0316224642, 9780316224642
"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."--Dust jacket.
  • Foley's Pond
  • Occidental Hotel
  • Spokane
  • 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
  • Mayor's dream
  • Fourteen-year-olds, Indiana Dunes, late afternoon
  • Denny Coughlin: in memory
  • Divorce
  • 1979
  • Vac-Haul
  • 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
  • Gate
  • A couple of years before I was born
  • My mother stands by the window
  • It may have been in The Wapshot Chronicle
  • Moors of Chicago
  • Belief, 1999
  • Irv Pincus used to steal lamps from Kaplan's Furniture
  • Shhhhhh, Arthur's studying.
ix, 198 p. ; 22 cm.
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