Peter Orner

Peter Orner is the author of three books of fiction: Esther Stories, The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo, and Love and Shame and Love, a New York Times Editors’ Choice. A native of Chicago, Orner now lives in San Francisco.

The Hole

To this day nobody plays pool at the Hole, even though by now the blood stains have faded into the once-green felt like a birthmark. It’s been six years since we last saw Barker, but not a night goes by…