Orientation: And Other Stories (Paperback)

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Daniel Orozco's stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories,Best American Mystery Stories, Best American Essays, and the Pushcart Prize anthology, as well as inHarper's Magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story, McSweeney's, Ecotone, andStory-Quarterly. He was awarded a 2006 NEA Fellowship and was a finalist for a 2006 National Magazine Award. A former Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford, he teaches creative writing at the University of Idaho.

Breakfast’s boiled egg, the overhead hum of fluorescent lights, the midmorning coffee break—daily routines keep the world running. But when people are pushed—by a coworker’s taunt, a face-to-face encounter with a woman in free fall from a bridge—cracks appear, revealing alienation, casual cruelty, madness, and above all a simultaneous hunger for and fear of the unknown.

Daniel Orozco leads the reader through the hidden lives and moral philosophies of bridge painters, men housebound by obesity, office temps, and warehouse workers. He reveals the secret pleasures of late-night supermarket trips for cookie binges, exceptional data entry, and an exiled dictator’s occasional piss on the U.S. embassy. A love affair blooms between two officers in the impartially worded pages of a police blotter; a new employee’s first-day office tour includes descriptions of other workers’ most private thoughts and actions; during an earthquake, the consciousness of the entire state of California shakes free for examination.

Orientation introduces a writer at the height of his powers, whose work surely invites us to reassess the landscape of American fiction.

Orientation is a Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011 Short Story Collections title.


ISBN 9780865478718
Genre FICTION / Literary
Format Paperback
Pages 162
Publisher Date 2012-05-22 00:00:00.0
Publisher Farrar Straus & Giroux
Copyright Year 2012
Height 8.5 in
Wdth 5.25 in
Thickness 0.75 in
Unit weight 0.35 lb
Language English
Subtitle And Other Stories
Edition Detail Reprint
Audience General/trade
Authors Orozco, Daniel
Country of Origin United States

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