Peter Orner

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Bernard: A Character Study by Peter Orner
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They found my mother’s first cousin frozen in a rented cabin up in New Hampshire, not far from where he’d gone to prep school. A smart kid, Bernard enrolled at Harvard on a math scholarship in the fall of 1973.

Paul La Farge and Peter Orner
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The authors ponder the implication of immersing fiction in place—Chicago in the case of Orner’s new novel Love and Shame and Love—and non-place, as in the hypertext that accompanies La Farge’s new novel, Luminous Airplanes.

Fiction for Driving Across America: Herb and Rosalie Swanson at the Cocoanut Grove by Peter Orner

In the first installment in BOMB’s Fiction for Driving Across America series, Peter Orner reads his short story “Herb and Rosalie Swanson at the Cocoanut Grove,” published in BOMB 103’s literary supplement, First Proof.

Herb and Rosalie Swanson at the Cocoanut Grove by Peter Orner

Two decades after it happened Herb Swanson began to tell it at dinner parties. 

Two Stories by Peter Orner
Seymour Rising by Peter Orner

In the plum, thickly carpeted, overly waitered dining room of the Standard Club of Chicago, my grandfather and my father are finishing lunch. 

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