The Story Of A Marriage

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0120100809

"We think we know the ones we love." So Pearlie Cook begins her indirect and devastating exploration of the mystery in the heart of every relationship, how we can ever truly know another person.

It is 1953 and Pearlie, a dutiful housewife, finds herself living in the Sunset district of San Francisco, caring not only for her husband's fragile health but also for her son who is afflicted with polio.

Then, one Saturday morning, a stranger appears on her doorstep and everything changes.

All the certainties by which Pearlie has lived are thrown into doubt.

Does she know her husband at all? And what does the stranger want in return for his offer of $100,000?

Written by Andrew Sean Greer and abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

Read by Adjoa Andoh.

ProducerL Clive Brill

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

Pearlie is about to marry her childhood sweetheart when she receives a strange warning.

0220100810

Pearlie has settled down in marriage with Holland and they have a son, but a stranger enters her life who will change everything.

Read by Adjoa Andoh.

Written by Andrew Sean Greer and abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

Producer: Clive Brill

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

Pearlie has settled down, but a stranger enters her life who will change everything.

0320100811

Buzz becomes a regular visitor to the Cook household.

One night he makes a startling confession.

Read by Adjoa Andoh.

Written by Andrew Sean Greer and abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

Producer: Clive Brill

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

Buzz becomes a regular visitor to the Cook household and makes a startling confession.

0420100812

Despite having her life shattered by Buzz's news, Pearlie agrees to help him, and tells him what happened to her husband during the war.

Read by Adjoa Andoh.

Written by Andrew Sean Greer and abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

Producer: Clive Brill

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

Despite having her life shattered by Buzz's news, Pearlie agrees to help him.

0520100813

There is an obstacle standing in the way of Buzz's happiness, and Pearlie agrees to help him deal with it.

Read by Adjoa Andoh.

Written by Andrew Sean Greer and abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

Producer: Clive Brill

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

An obstacle stands in the way of Buzz's happiness and Pearlie agrees to help deal with it.

0620100816

Finding the courage to confront Annabel DeLawn, Pearlie spies on her and her fiance.

Read by Adjoa Andoh.

Written by Andrew Sean Greer and abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

Producer: Clive Brill

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

0720100817

After an unexpected conversation with Holland, Pearlie makes a momentous decision.

Read by Adjoa Andoh.

Written by Andrew Sean Greer and abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

Producer: Clive Brill

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

0820100818

Buzz takes Pearlie and Sonny for a trip and tells her the truth about his war experiences.

Read by Adjoa Andoh.

Written by Andrew Sean Greer and abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

Producer: Clive Brill

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

0920100819

Pearlie atones for what she feels she has done to Annabel DeLawn.

The day, that she has been waiting for, is finally drawing closer.

Read by Adjoa Andoh.

Written by Andrew Sean Greer and abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

Producer: Clive Brill

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

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Pearlie recalls the end of her marriage and, after many years, Buzz's reappearance in her life.

Read by Adjoa Andoh.

Written by Andrew Sean Greer and abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

Producer: Clive Brill

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

Pearlie recalls the end of her marriage and Buzz's reappearance in her life.