Binocular Vision

Binocular Vision

New & Selected Stories

Book - 2011
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WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD

PEN/MALAMUD AWARD

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST

THE STORY PRIZE FINALIST

LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE FINALIST

In this sumptuous offering, one of our premier storytellers provides a feast for fiction aficionados. Spanning four decades and three prize-winning collections, these twenty-one vintage selected stories and thirteen scintillating new ones take us around the world, from Jerusalem to Central America, from tsarist Russia to London during the Blitz, from central Europe to Manhattan, and from the Maine coast to Godolphin, Massachusetts, a fictional suburb of Boston. These charged locales, and the lives of the endlessly varied characters within them, are evoked with a tenderness and incisiveness found in only our most observant seers.

No matter the situation in which her characters find themselves--an unforeseen love affair between adolescent cousins, a lifetime of memories unearthed by an elderly couple's decision to shoplift, the deathbed secret of a young girl's forbidden forest tryst with the tsar, the danger that befalls a wealthy couple's child in a European inn of misfits--Edith Pearlman conveys their experience with wit and aplomb, with relentless but clear-eyed optimism, and with a supple prose that reminds us, sentence by sentence, page by page, of the gifts our greatest verbal innovators can bestow.

Binocular Vision reveals a true American original, a master of the story, showing us, with her classic sensibility and lasting artistry, the cruelties, the longings, and the rituals that connect human beings across space and time.

Publisher: Wilmington : Lookout Books/University of North Carolina Wilmington, c2011.
ISBN: 9780982338292
Characteristics: xiii, 375 p. ; 22 cm.

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spiderfelt_0
Jan 16, 2018

Edith Pearlman's finely crafted stories are rich in detail, filled with characters that saunter off the page. It's been a while since I've felt inspired to share what I'm reading. In an industry filled with male voices and a masculine gaze, I treasure the rare, strong woman who writes about life with a mature perspective.

PaulaBlix Jan 05, 2015

Edith Pearlman is, quite simply, shockingly talented. What's more shocking is that hardly anyone has heard of her. And since she's in her late 70s (the last I heard), I didn't expect to see anything else from her. But I just got a head's-up from Amazon saying she has a book of new stories being released tomorrow (Jan 6, 2015). I sincerely hope she lives long enough to see the broader success she so richly deserves. I agree with the others commenting here: her stories are among the best I've ever read. I would give her ten stars if I could!

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Tulsi2012
Mar 08, 2013

Yes, it's one of the best books of short stories I have read. She's right up there with Alice Munro.

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sarahsamnick
Aug 26, 2012

Wonderful book of short stories. Many different characters and subjects--all entertaining and many thought-provoking as well. Highly recommend.

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LaurieJB
Jun 14, 2012

Fabulous writing. One of the best books of short stories I've read

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