Peter Orner at Recommended Reading

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She’d been ready to do her part for the war effort. Out of appreciation and gratitude and patriotism. All those hours on that terrible ship. Now what Seymour wanted was love, and she couldn’t possibly give that to him.

For Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading series, Ann Beattie highlights “At the Fairmont,” a short short by Rumpus columnist Peter Orner about a woman meeting her husband as he returns from navy service in World War II.

Read the whole thing, plus Beattie’s commentary, here.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →