A Weekend in New York
Chair: Alex Clark
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Paul Essinger, a tennis professional in his 30s, is about to play his final US Open. The bookies give him 1,200-1 odds on winning the title. Anxiety-ridden, comically unaware and boiling with tension, each member of the Essinger family — Paul included — is painfully trying to unpick an idea of themselves from the tableau of upper-middle-class life they present. Reflecting on their German-Jewish ancestry, Essinger senior ruefully ascribes their good fortune to ‘immigrants’ luck’. Benjamin Markovits’ new novel, A Weekend in New York, intertwines the politics of the household and the state to compile a wry portrait of the way we live now.
Benjamin Markovits is the author of eight novels, most recently A Weekend in New York. He has also written essays, stories, poetry and reviews. In 2013 he was chosen as one of Granta‘s Best Young British Novelists.Alex Clark
Alex Clark is a literary journalist, broadcaster and artistic director of the Bath Literature Festival. She makes regular appearances on Radio 4 and is an experienced judge of literary awards.