Orientation: And Other Stories by Daniel Orozco


Orozco's writing is haunting. Even in the longest of his short stories, "Somoza's Dream," when you're not sure where he is going with the story and how - or even if - all the pieces will fit together (they do, I promise), you want to keep reading so very badly because the writing is so very good. He writes as well about the regular everyday things (starting a new job, shopping for groceries) as he does about the extraordinary ones (assassinating exiled dictators, witnessing a murder).

Many of his stories have a unique writing style associated with them. In "Orientation," a story about the orientation given to a new office worker, Orozco writes in the clipped, no-nonsense manner of a human resources manual, and in "Officers Weep," a story about the relationship between two police officers, he writes in a police blotter format. Both formats, and indeed every writing style in the book, work very well.

Orozco excels at writing about the "human" of "the human condition." His characters and stories are complex without being overly complicated. You'll find yourself relating to many of the characters, recognizing both their good and bad traits as parts of yourself. Check catalog for availability.

Submitted by Matt @ East

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