Wonderful Town

  • by Woody Allen, John Cheever, E. B. White, Jeffrey Eugenides, Vladimir Nabokov, Dorothy Parker, Susan Sontag, Isaac Bashevis Singer, James Thurber, Jamaica Kincaid
  • Narrated by Tyne Daly, Timothy Jerome, Joe Morton, Maria Tucci
  • 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

New York City is not only The New Yorker magazine's place of origin and its sensibility's life blood, it is the heart of American literary culture. Wonderful Town, an anthology of superb short fiction by many of the magazine's most accomplished contributors, celebrates the 75-year marriage between a preeminent publication and its preeminent context with this collection.
Wonderful Town touches on some of the city's famous places and stops at some of its more obscure corners, but the real guidebook is to the hearts and the minds of those who populate the metropolis built by its pages. New York is every great and ordinary place. Each life in it, and each life in Wonderful Town, is the life of us all.

Brownstone, Renata Adler
The Whore of Mensa, Woody Allen
In Greenwich, There are Many Graveled Walks, Hortense Calisher
The Five-Forty-Eight, John Cheever
Another Marvelous Thing, Laurie Colwin
Midair, Frank Conroy
What It Was Like, Seeing Chris, Deborah Eisenberg
Baster, Jeffrey Eugenides
Partners, Veronica Geng
Carlyle Tries Polygamy, William Melvin Kelley
Poor Visitor, Jamaica Kincaid
Symbols and Signs, Vladimir Nabokov
Arrangement in Black and White, Dorothy Parker
The Cafeteria, Isaac Bashevis Singer
The Way We Live Now, Susan Sontag
Notes From a Bottle, James Stevenson
A Sentimental Journey, Peter Taylor
The Catbird Seat, James Thurber
The Evolution of Knowledge, Niccolo Tucci
The Second Tree From the Corner, E.B. White

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What the Critics Say

"Wonderfully rich and textured." (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
"An anthology that makes you remember why the magazine has long had a reputation for literary excellence." (Chicago Tribune)

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Customer Reviews

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Disappointing selection

Having been a follower of the New Yorker Fiction Podcast for a few years (early on I explored the archive so I've listened to the 100+ stories, many more than once) I turned to this anthology in the hope of feeding my habit.
I am perhaps a little premature in posting a review at this point when I am just over half way through but I have to say I'm very disappointed by this selection - mostly in the choices of story rather than the readers.
There are a couple of gems: the Woody Allen is clever and entertaining while the Nabokov, which I first heard in the fiction podcast, is stunning, worth the price of the download if it were not already available for free!
But most of these stories lack the ingredients of insight, imagination and mastery of language which make me a fan of the form. One, a tedious reminiscence about two twenty year old students visiting girls in New York, published in 1955, lasts 1 hour and 8 minutes and I would like that time back please.
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- RONAN O'CALLAGHAN

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-06-2004
  • Publisher: Random House Audio