Last car over the sagamore bridge

“In his second story collection, Orner fires jewel-toned shards of fiction into a stunning whole.” – ★ Publishers Weekly, starred review

Harpers Review
Publishers Weekly Review

The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo

“As a work of African provenance…With this staggering debut novel, Orner has joined the first rank of American writers.” –Steve Almond, The Boston Globe

New York Times Review
Mmegi Review
Boston Globe Review
Salon Review

Underground america

“Underground America is an excellent introduction to an ongoing social disaster. It gives a face to people in the country who are one injury, one legal problem away from ruin.” – Oscar Villalon, National Public Radio, California Report

Salon Interview


Love and shame and love

“The novel gets in your head and makes itself home there. Like the James Salter of Light Years and A Sport and a Pastime, with their acutely observed domestic and sexual tension.” – New York Times Book Review

WBEZ Chicago Review
New York Times Review
Washington Post Review
Chicago Tribune Review

Esther Stories

“Orner doesn’t simply bring his characters to life, he gives them souls.” — Margot Livesey, The New York Times Book Review

New York Times Review

Hope deferred

Hope Deferred might be the most important publication out of Zimbabwe in the past thirty years. — Harper’s

Voice of Witness