Being Alive

Maggie Brown and Others by Peter Orner is the recently published collection of short stories by one of my favorite authors. I’ve been a fan of Orner’s work for some years and can honestly say, he just keeps getting better.

There are a number of short stories as well as a novella in this collection. I especially loved the novella about a Jewish furniture salesman named Walt. The story begins with Walt lying in a hospital after suffering a heart episode. Orner is a master of characterization and I came away with the feeling that, although fictional, Walt was someone I knew. In fact, all of Orner’s characters are believable and tangibly human. That in my opinion, is writing at its best.

It is my hope that my followers will read this fine collection of stories. They are an inspiration to the writer in me. I think you will appreciate them as well.

About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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2 Responses to Being Alive

  1. Martie says:

    It is on my TBR list. It does sound wonderful. We need to share out favorite shorts with each other. I am heading back to NJ to check on my mom. Then I’ll be returning to VT.

    • dianeledet says:

      Have a safe trip! I rarely read short story collections, but I’ll email the titles of any I own and have enjoyed. I’ll look forward to your list of favorites!

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