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Product Details

  • Series: Pitt Drue Heinz Lit Prize
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press; 1 edition (October 28, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082296211X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822962113
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #964,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Set in locales as varied as a Boston soup kitchen and a nameless wartorn Central American country, the 15 stories in this debut collection gently delineate the interior lives of their thoughtful protagonists as they grapple with jealousy, longing, mortality and the desire to do good in a complicated world. Some of the tales are dark and fanciful, even creepy; others remain firmly entrenched in the everyday realities of middle-class life. What ties them together is the author's narrative restraint. Pearlman puts her characters through their paces, remaining always at a respectful distance. Mixing a dash of foreboding with a coolly observant eye, the stories share a matte texture in which the occasional bright turn of phrase sparkles all the more brightly: a worried mother, reunited with her lost child, takes relief "like an injection." An old man looks out a library window "so narrow that he [feels] like shooting from it." While Pearlman's use of language is often deft, many of these tales are disappointingly slight. Time and again, she piques the reader's curiosity by affording us a glimpse of a character's inner life, but then she lets the curtain fall much too soon.
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From Library Journal

Most of Pearlman's stories feature strong female characters whose solitary lives have been altered by unexpected encounters, illustrating truthfully how subtle incidents shape human lives. The diverse multicultural backgrounds of the plots add interest to the depth of characterization. These stories take the reader to a Cambridge train station, a Central American orphanage, and a Jerusalem apartment. Four interrelated stories about the manager of a soup kitchen for homeless women illustrate the collection's powerful thematic effect. Pearlman's collection has been awarded the 1996 Drue Heinz Literature Prize.?Joyce S. Bukowski, Erie Cty. Lib. System, Pa.
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By Isabella Martin on April 22, 2015
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Great range of stories in all sorts of places.
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More About the Author

Edith Pearlman is the recipient of the 2011 PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in the art of short fiction. Her most recent collection, Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories, won the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction, the Julia Ward Howe Prize, and the Edward Lewis Wallant Award, and was named ForeWord Book of the Year and a finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and The Story Prize. She has published more than 250 works in national magazines and anthologies, including Best American Short Stories, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, New Stories from the South, and The Pushcart Prize, and three previous story collections: Vaquita, winner of the Drue Heinz Prize for Literature, Love Among the Greats, winner of the Spokane Fiction Award, and How to Fall, winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize. She lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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