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.