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Peter Orner

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Peter Orner was born in Chicago and is the author of three novels: Esther Stories (Houghton Mifflin, 2001), The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo (Little, Brown, 2006), and his most recent, Love and Shame and Love (Little, Brown, 2011) which was recently called epic by Daniel Handler, "...epic like Gilgamesh, epic like a guitar solo." (Orner has since bought Gilgamesh and is enjoying it.) Love and Shame and Love is illustrated throughout by his brother Eric Orner, a comic artist and illustrator whose long time independent/​alt weekly strip The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green was made into a feature film in 2008. Eric Orner's work is featured this year in Best American Cartoons edited by Alison Bechdel.

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Average rating: 3.9 · 4,523 ratings · 869 reviews · 28 distinct worksSimilar authors
Love and Shame and Love

3.37 avg rating — 638 ratings — published 2011 — 9 editions
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Am I Alone Here?: Notes on ...

3.90 avg rating — 484 ratings — published 2016 — 4 editions
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Esther Stories

4.14 avg rating — 390 ratings — published 2001 — 9 editions
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Last Car Over the Sagamore ...

3.64 avg rating — 371 ratings — published 2013 — 8 editions
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Underground America: Narrat...

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The Second Coming of Mavala...

3.74 avg rating — 364 ratings — published 2006 — 10 editions
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Maggie Brown & Others: Stories

3.81 avg rating — 298 ratings — published 2019 — 9 editions
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Hope Deferred: Narratives o...

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“Chicago does not go to the world, the world comes to Chicago! Who needs New York? Who has taller buildings than our tall buildings? Who's got a busier airport than our airport? You want Picasso? We got Picasso, big Picasso. Nobody can make heads or tails of it. It's a lion? No, a seahorse. Looks to me like a radiator with wings. Who gives a damn, people, a Picasso's a Picasso.”
Peter Orner, Love and Shame and Love

“But this is exactly why I read--and don't belong to a book group--because reading is the most individual thing there is. Why collectivize it? Didn't we have enough bad English teachers in school? Crowd sourcing and literature shouldn't mix.”
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“The lake is always east. East is always the lake. Anywhere else he's ever been he never knows where he is.”
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