“O’Nan’s protean imagination, if it can be summed up at all, seems to be civic. . . . He is a writer who reaches out, both making and bridging worlds. . . . The novel is like a neighborhood, with chapters about various characters set side by side like so many doors on the same street.” Stacey D’Erasmo, The New York Times Book Review
978-0-8021-3883-5 • $13.00 • Paperback • May 2002
"An important book . . . Beautiful, heartbreaking, haunting." Manuel Luis Martinez, Chicago Tribune
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 urban America.
"A sad and haunting novel . . . The struggles of the Tolbert family, with love and obligation, with hope and the end of hope, give shape to a plot that does not wholly unspool until the last sentenceabout the most dramatic and poignant I have ever read."Jack Beatty, The Atlantic
"With wit, tenderness, and empathy Stewart O'Nan renders a detailed portrait of life . . . that's more than just a description of hard knocks against the backdrop of urban blight. . . . An important book about a subject long underrepresented in American fiction . . . A unique and tantalizing novel that celebrates the lives of everyday people in an extraordinary way."Mike Maiello, San Francisco Chronicle