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Everyday People Stewart O Nan s critically acclaimed novel Everyday People brings together the stories of the people of an African American Pittsburgh neighborhood during one fateful week in the early fall of Vi

  • Title: Everyday People
  • Author: Stewart O'Nan
  • ISBN: 9780802138835
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Paperback
  • Everyday People By Stewart O'Nan, Stewart O Nan s critically acclaimed novel Everyday People brings together the stories of the people of an African American Pittsburgh neighborhood during one fateful week in the early fall of 1998 Vibrant, poignant, and brilliantly rendered, Everyday People is a lush, dramatic portrait that vividly captures the experience of the day to day struggle that is life in urbanStewart O Nan s critically acclaimed novel Everyday People brings together the stories of the people of an African American Pittsburgh neighborhood during one fateful week in the early fall of 1998 Vibrant, poignant, and brilliantly rendered, Everyday People is a lush, dramatic portrait that vividly captures the experience of the day to day struggle that is life in urban America A unique and tantalizing novel that celebrates the lives of everyday people in an extraordinary way Mike Maiello, San Francisco Chronicle An important book Beautiful, heartbreaking, haunting Manuel Luis Martinez, Chicago Tribune

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    1. Knowing this O Nan book takes place locally East Liberty and surrounding neighborhoods I was curious to see how O Nan tackled the job would he write as a white man, looking at things from a white perspective Or would he write as a black man, as someone living in East Liberty He chose to take the latter route, which is something that is difficult to do without falling into stereotype While O Nan was not able to completely step into the text of urban black Burghers convincingly, he did do a better [...]

    2. This is an early work of Stewart O Nan and it follows his use of the Everyman theme as he does in some later books This is a situational, regional social drama set in 1998 in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh The strength of the story lies within well described characters and how the lives of many in the neighborhood inter act in multiple instances and storyline Each chapter focuses on a single character often overlapping with others These stories most central themes arise from the urb [...]

    3. Having spent a year living on the edge of East Liberty in Pittsburgh and walking all the streets the book describes only two years after the book takes place , it had an extra power On the other hand, it also revealed the lives of everyday people in that neighborhood that I never got to know or fully understand.s filled with pain, injustice, love, revenge and sacrifice And for that particularly, I am grateful for the power of this book.

    4. I m not sure, entirely, why I liked this book so much It s about poor, inner city African Americans couples, grandparents, young men, gay men, etc trying to get through their lives I can t speak to it s veracity, not being part of any of those communities, but it felt true I think than anything, the book is filled with folks I came to care about and it speaks to their resiliance.

    5. This novel explores the lives of the people who live in Spofford, a traditionally African American part of Pittsburgh, and the challenges they face in a neighborhood blighted by civic neglect and mismanagement.O Nan uses interlocking narratives, each chapter able to stand alone as a short story, to bring to life the people who live in Spofford The first chapter focuses on Chris, who fell off a new bridge while tagging it with his friend Bean Bean dies, and Chris loses the use of his limbs, wheel [...]

    6. Stewart O Nan is one of my favorite writers and no one does a better job of evoking time and place His books are often set in Pittsburgh and this one is about the urban experience of a neighborhood called East Liberty in 1998 This is mostly a black urban neighborhood and I felt a little distanced The street vernacular was difficult for me to understand and there isn t one main story There are several affecting characters and the chapters jump from one to the other I had a hard time following the [...]

    7. Told from the perspective of a different character in each chapter but always in the 3rd person , Everyday People brings together a cast of characters of varying ages, each with their own stories, but all part of an overarching narrative There s a certain underlying sadness in nearly every sentence in this book and that didn t keep me from liking it, but at times I could ve used a laugh instead of an oh I know what that feels like chuckle of empathy Still, from chapter to chapter I enjoyed slipp [...]

    8. This is the third Stewart O Nan book that I ve read in the past year and I keep waiting to be disappointed or unimpressed and I m starting to realize that may be a fruitless endeavor Where Last Night at the Lobster was a call back to my days working in retail and the monotony and drama that accompanied it, The Night Country spoke to survivor s guilt and the cloud left on those who are left behind Everyday People is unlike both of these in it s own way I was hesitant to praise a book written in t [...]

    9. A curious book, well written, but the story telling is either poorly paced or not there Good picture of a northern city in this case, Pittsburgh at the end of the last century from the point of view of several residents of a neglected neighborhood As with all of O Nan s novels, the characters are full, well drawn, full of moral ambiguity, thoroughly human, but the book initially seems a series of character sketches than a novel For the most part, if finally pulls together in the last thirty for [...]

    10. Good book Not quite a 4 star, like 3.5 At any rate, typically good O nan, very realistic protrayal of American poor, this time in Pittsburgh rather than NY state A well written character study, with each chapter written from the perspective of a different character tied together by a thread of a plot Had the sense of always building to something, but in the end, really just ended although that is somewhat a trait of O nan as well.

    11. This was really a moving portrait of this small neighborhood of Pittsburgh, one that I didn t really get to know during my time living in the city The plot and characters are relatively simple but well realized I read this following O Nan s Songs for the Missing and I am quite impressed by his versatility as a writer.

    12. Though he has published a lot, this is a new author to me This is a moving story about family and neighbors struggling to get out of the ghetto of their lives.The author has the ability to pull you in to all the angst, love and strength of the characters It made me want to continue reading his works.

    13. I have loved most all of the books I have read by O Nan, but I am really having a difficult time with this one I am having trouble understanding the black speak please, I don t want to offend anyone and it is just not a fun book to read because of it I think I am giving up on it at the moment Maybe I will return to it at a later time when I feel I have patience in deciphering it.

    14. Read it on San Juan Island Friday Harbor House Stewart O Nan Everyday People New York Grove Press, 2001.Didn t like it Only read the first chapter or so I couldn t settle into the black speak It didn t flow Maybe it was accurate but I just couldn t relax to it and his story didn t pull me in fast enough So this one of O Nan I won t read.

    15. Skip it I read Stewart O Nan s Last Nigh at the Lobster book and really like it a lot This book was not good, though The whole thing was disjointed and it was really hard to get through Don t read it.

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