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Edith Pearlman (1936–2023)

Autor(a) de Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories

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Associated Works

The Best American Short Stories 2006 (2006) — Contribuidor — 549 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 1998 (1998) — Contribuidor — 406 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 2000 (2000) — Contribuidor — 396 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 2012 (2012) — Contribuidor — 363 exemplares
xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths (2013) — Contribuidor — 277 exemplares
Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer (2010) — Contribuidor — 133 exemplares
New Stories from the South 2001: The Year's Best (2001) — Contribuidor — 46 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Locais de residência
Brookline, Massachusetts, USA
Radcliffe College
computer programmer
short-story writer
Jill Kneerim (Kneerim and Williams)

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Edith Pearlman has published more than 250 works of short fiction and short non-fiction in national magazines, literary journals, anthologies, and online publications. Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Collection, New Stories from the South, and The Pushcart Prize Collection: Best of the Small Presses. She was relatively unknown until she won the 2011 PEN/Malamud award for excellence in short fiction and her fourth collection of short stories, “Binocular Vision,” was chosen as a finalist for the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction. She lives with her husband, a psychiatrist, in Brookline, Massachusetts. The couple have a daughter, a son, a daughter-in-law, and a grandson.
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First, the writing is quite good and I did enjoy the book.
That being said, this is a very long, dense collection of short stories, many of which are contemplative and intense. I read short stories like poetry, stopping at least for a moment after each one to process. I feel like I've been reading this book for years, and that near-weariness is not a good feeling, especially as an introduction to a new writer. I would have preferred a more winnowed selection.
Kiramke | 22 outras críticas | Jun 27, 2023 |
This is quite a collection of short stories, many with similar themes. They are closely observed and some of them are fascinating but many didn't quite hit the spot for me. The ones I did like were the shorter ones that were perfectly formed vignettes of a moment. An annual evening dinner with your daughter-in-law's family or a recurrence of cancer. These were just ten pages or so of outstanding writing. But the longer stories seemed to ramble or have similar themes and I found many of these hard going.… (mais)
CarolKub | 22 outras críticas | Apr 22, 2023 |
I read this for a second time after Pearlman's death. I thought I might get more out of it, but many of the stories were still difficult for me to understand. Her word choice is excellent, and her choice of characters is interesting. "The Story" was my very favorite. I did feel as if I knew many of the characters in a variety of the stories.
suesbooks | 22 outras críticas | Feb 4, 2023 |
Edith Pearlman, a relatively obscure Brookline, MA author, just died a few weeks ago at age 86. The short stories in this collection are such perfectly observed, concise, humane gems that she can be comfortably compared to the renowned queen of the genre, Alice Munro. All 34 stories are told by women or girls, or by women when they were girls, encompassing inner layers and outer occurrences in perfect proportion, and some even conclude with pleasing surprises and stunning shocks. A little lost girl in Harvard Square; refugees and immigrants; the delivery of a Torah from a destroyed Czech village to a midwestern temple; shoplifting; affairs conducted and affairs resisted; deaths by disease; and, most remarkably, a suicide so vividly described that one might assume that the author had lived through it. Each story is so finely tuned that it's next to impossible to put this collection down until all have been read. My favorite is "Allog", about a Filipino newcomer who becomes indispensable to the wary residents of an Israeli apartment building.… (mais)
froxgirl | 22 outras críticas | Jan 13, 2023 |



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