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Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories Paperback – January 11, 2011
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The stories are amazing and fluid, and the reader is quickly, nay instantly taken into the world of the story. I fell in love with characters in moments, which is rare indeed for a short story. I particularly enjoyed 'The Noncombatant'. Though I was hooked with the very first story in the collection: 'Inbound'.
*** All you have to do is read "Tess" and you will be unable to resist reading more of this wonderful work. ***
Not since J.D. Salinger have I found a collection of short fiction this utterly engaging, reflective, and rewarding. I look forward to more of her work in the future. She would have my nod for National Book Award for sure!
Update: Upon reading more about this author I discovered that she has won O. Henry awards, a Pushcart prize, that she is older than I thought (judging by her writing style that is), she has some previous works, and also that she has had stories appear in many periodicals, including Ploughshares. I look forward to reading more of her work.
Update: Pearlman won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. You can Google NY Times Pearlman Award for more on the story. I for one am very pleased with her award, and I still consider this the best of the National Book Award Nominees for 2011.
to classics like de Maupassant and O'Henry. A great short story
gives you an entire world and entire people in twenty pages or
less. While these stories vary in many ways, from settings in Eastern
Europe, Central America, to suburban Boston, with central characters
ranging from children, teenagers, young men and women, to the old and
dying, the author's confident, almost-gentle prose gives them a
similarity of tone that makes reading them all at once a bit
difficult. I needed to read them all in just a few days because it's
a selection for my book club. This made them blend together, which I
think was unfortunate. Most of the stories have Jewish
cultural references, where family history and assimilation or
secularization are issues. The strengths and weaknesses of the
connections between people are also a recurring theme. The prose is
beautifully crafted yet rarely calls attention to itself.
I recommend these stories, but suggest not reading them all at once,
as I did, but savoring them one at a time, to bring out their distinct
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Our short story group does not want to come to the end of this book as the stories have been great for discussion.Published 7 days ago by Doris Smith
I never was excited to keep reading. I finished it and enjoyed maybe 5 or six of the short stories.Published 1 month ago by primro
An amazing collections of stories. I borrowed this book from the library and after reading just a few stories, I realized I wanted this book for my permanent library. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Pearlman is a masterful short story writer. I borrowed the book from a friend and liked it so much I had to own t!Published 1 month ago by Susan H Cushman
Eastern European Jewry, Assimilation, Aging, Escape, Illness,Androgeny - these are just some of the themes that recur in this collection of short stories, many of which involve... Read morePublished 8 months ago by AYJ
I usually do not read short stories but read this book for the book club I belong to. The stories are beautifully written and I enjoyed it thoroughly.Published 8 months ago by Margrit Stenge