Jennifer Egan - Emerald City And Other Stories

Episodes

EpisodeTitleRepeatedComments
01Puerto Vallarta20120401 (BBC7)
20160606 (BBC7)

2011 was a phenomenal year for the young American author, Jennifer Egan. Her novel, 'A Visit From The Goon Squad' became a run-away bestseller and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Now a collection of her short stories has been re-published by Constable and Robinson.

Entitled Emerald City, the stories are a pithy and sometimes poignant look at contemporary life in the United States. Young and middle-aged characters change, grow and regret in a series of tales that traverse the United States and the state of modern marriage, parenting and ambition. Egan is heralded as one of the best writers to emerge in the past decade and this collection underlines her ability to bring a spotlight on the particular and to reflect a nation in challenging times.

Today's story, Puerto Vallarta, is a portrait of a family, where the truth is not as it seems and where a daughter has to make a choice and so find her own freedom.

The Reader is Sasha Pick

The Abridger is Miranda Davies

The Producer is Di Speirs.

02Emerald City20120408 (BBC7)
20160607 (BBC7)

2011 was a phenomenal year for the young American author, Jennifer Egan. Her novel, 'A Visit From The Goon Squad' became a run-away bestseller and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

In her first collection of short stories, entitled Emerald City, the stories are a pithy and sometimes poignant look at contemporary life in the United States. Young and middle-aged characters change, grow and regret in a series of tales that traverse the United States and the state of modern marriage, parenting and ambition.

Today's title story, Emerald City, examines the allure and the disappointments of life among the trend-setters of New York, where fashionistas scrabble for fame and fortune and where realities hit hard.

The Reader is tbc

The Abridger is Miranda Davies

The Producer is Di Speirs.

03One Piece20120415 (BBC7)
20160608 (BBC7)

The next in our series of stories from 'Emerald City', the new collection by young American author Jennifer Egan, whose 'A Visit from the Goon Squad' went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and made her name as one of the best new writers to emerge in the past decade.

In today's story, 'One Piece', a young girl takes drastic action to put the broken pieces of her brother's life back together again.

The Abridger is Miranda Davies

The Producer is Justine Willett

Reader: Teresa Gallagher.

04Spanish Winter20120422 (BBC7)
20160609 (BBC7)

The next in our series of stories from 'Emerald City', the new collection by young American author Jennifer Egan, whose 'A Visit from the Goon Squad' went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and made her name as one of the best new writers to emerge in the past decade.

Today's story, 'Spanish Winter', is set in the shadows of the Alhambra, where a divorced woman tries to break free from the painful ties that bind, until a figure from her past forces her to rethink...

The Abridger is Miranda Davies

The Producer is Justine Willett

Reader: Madeleine Potter.

05The Watch Trick20120429 (BBC7)
20160610 (BBC7)

Another story from this insightful collection by the acclaimed writer, Jennifer Egan, which takes a pithy and sometimes poignant look at contemporary life in the United States.

Hidden desires surface when the hedonistic antics of an old friend challenge a married couple's complacency.

Reader: Fenella Woolgar

Abridger: Miranda Davies

Producer: Gemma Jenkins.