Prodigals | Granta

  • Published: 01/09/2016
  • ISBN: 9781783782017
  • 129x20mm
  • 240 pages


Greg Jackson

Adrift in lives of possibility and limitation, the flawed, struggling and sympathetic characters of these desperate, eerie stories seek refuge from meaninglessness and boredom in love, art, friendship, drugs, and sex. A journalist is either the guest or captive of a reclusive former tennis star at his mansion in the French hills; a terrible storm forces a man and a woman, who may be his therapist, to flee New York together; the artistic ambitions of a banker are laid bare when he comes under the influence of two strange sisters.

Unflinching, funny and profound, Prodigals maps the degradations of contemporary life – from the deification of celebrity, to the impotence of violence, to the psychological debts of privilege, to the loss of grand narratives – with unusual insight, sincerity, and passion. It is a fiercely honest and heartfelt look at what we have become, the comedy of our foibles, and our longing for home.

Excellent... These stories, peopled by characters not always likeable but blessed with a hyper-articulate and self-awareness, are particularly concerned with ambiguous relationships and sing with a life force which is witty, ugly, dazzling and true

Claire Allfree, Metro

Jackson's funny, vibrant and insightful storytelling, highs and lows included, makes you wish you were there... A terrific writer and Prodigals deserves to be on your reading list

Paul Wilson, Esquire

Prodigals is elegant and unpredictable. These stories of bewilderment, heartbreak and psychotropics will charm you with their humor and stun you with wisdom that's both rigorous and compassionate

Catherine Lacey, author, Nobody is Ever Missing

The Author

Greg Jackson has been a writing fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, MacDowell Colony, and the University of Virginia’s MFA program. A winner of the Balch and Henfield Prizes and a finalist for the 2014 National Magazine Award in Fiction, his short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, and VQR.

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