The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories

The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories


A finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the Story Prize, the first ever collection of “dazzlingly told” (The New York Times) short stories—now available as a trade paperback.

Set in Greece, the Caribbean, Manhattan, a white-collar prison and outer space, this “small masterpiece of short fiction” (USA Today) is a mesmerizing introduction to Don DeLillo’s iconic voice. In “Creation,” a couple at the end of a cruise somewhere in the West Indies can’t get off the island—flights canceled, unconfirmed reservations, a dysfunctional economy. In “Human Moments in World War III,” two men orbiting the earth, charged with gathering intelligence and reporting to Colorado Command, hear the voices of American radio, from a half century earlier. In the title story, Sisters Edgar and Grace, nuns working the violent streets of the South Bronx, confirm the neighborhood’s miracle, the apparition of a dead child, Esmeralda.

Nuns, astronauts, athletes, terrorists and travelers, the characters in The Angel Esmeralda propel themselves into the world and define it. These nine stories describe an extraordinary journey of one great writer whose prescience about world events and ear for American language changed the literary landscape.

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  • TheAngelEsmeralda 01 Open
    Duration: 44s
  • TheAngelEsmeralda 02 PartOne
    Duration: 15min
  • TheAngelEsmeralda 03 WeRodeOut
    Duration: 22min
  • TheAngelEsmeralda 04 HumanMomentsIn
    Duration: 18min
  • TheAngelEsmeralda 05 LaserTechnology
    Duration: 19min
  • TheAngelEsmeralda 06 PartTwo
    Duration: 13min
  • TheAngelEsmeralda 07 TheIvoryAcrobat
    Duration: 13min
  • TheAngelEsmeralda 08 EdmundTold
    Duration: 20min
  • TheAngelEsmeralda 09 TheAngelEsmeralda
    Duration: 13min
  • TheAngelEsmeralda 10 IsmaelStood
    Duration: 17min
  • TheAngelEsmeralda 11 AndSomeWeeks
    Duration: 23min
  • TheAngelEsmeralda 12 PartThree
    Duration: 26min
  • TheAngelEsmeralda 13 MidnightIn
    Duration: 20min
  • TheAngelEsmeralda 14 WeWaitedThrough
    Duration: 16min
  • TheAngelEsmeralda 15 HisHairWas
    Duration: 12min
  • TheAngelEsmeralda 16 HammerAnd
    Duration: 14min
  • TheAngelEsmeralda 17 TheOldLife
    Duration: 16min
  • TheAngelEsmeralda 18 AllOfEurope
    Duration: 15min
  • TheAngelEsmeralda 19 TheyStarted
    Duration: 18min
  • TheAngelEsmeralda 20 TheStarveling
    Duration: 18min
  • TheAngelEsmeralda 21 HePaid
    Duration: 16min
  • TheAngelEsmeralda 22 FirstThere
    Duration: 20min
  • TheAngelEsmeralda 23 Outro
    Duration: 02min