Edith Pearlman Honeydew

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A new story collection from the author of Binocular Vision, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and finalist for the National Book Award

Over the past several decades, Edith Pearlman has staked her claim as one of the great practitioners of the short story. Her incomparable vision, consummate skill, and bighearted spirit have earned her consistent comparisons to Anton Chekhov, John Updike, Alice Munro, Grace Paley, and Frank O'Connor. This latest collection of twenty new stories is an occasion for celebration.

Pearlman writes with warmth about the predicaments of being human. The title story involves an affair, an illegitimate pregnancy, anorexia, and adolescent drug use, but the true excitement comes from the evocation of the interior lives of young Emily Knapp, who wishes she were a bug, and her inner circle. ''The Golden Swan'' transports listeners to a cruise ship with lavish buffets - and a surprise stowaway - while the lead story, ''Tenderfoot,'' follows a widowed pedicurist searching for love with a new customer anguishing over his own buried trauma. Whether the characters we encounter are a special child with pentachromatic vision, a group of displaced Somali women adjusting to life in suburban Boston, or a staid professor of Latin unsettled by a random invitation to lecture on the mystery of life and death, Pearlman knows each of them intimately and reveals them with unsurpassed generosity.

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Edith Pearlman published her debut collection of stories in 1996, at age sixty. Last year, she won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction for Binocular Vision. She has published over 250 works of short fiction in magazines, literary journals, anthologies and online publications. Her work has won three O. Henry Prizes, the Drue Heinz Prize for Literature, and a Mary McCarthy Prize, among others. In 2011, Pearlman was the recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award, which puts her in the ranks of John Updike, Joyce Carol Oates, and other luminaries.

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''Edith Pearlman's short stories have often been compared with John Updike's, and the comparison is apt...All of the powerful emotions are depicted in rich, controlled prose, one of the earmarks of a Pearlman story. Whether it be for carefully dissecting her characters feelings or observing tiny details, Pearlman reveals her acute eye time and time again...In the tradition of Joyce, Chekhov, Updike, and Munro, Pearlman's surprising, memorable stories are joys to behold.'' --Shelf Awareness

''Pearlman returns with another collection of closely observed, often devastating stories... [She] writes with the wisdom of accumulated experience...Pearlman fills volumes with her economy of language...[and] serves up exemplary tales, lively and lovely.'' --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

''Pearlman not only writes with bewitching clarity, she also fathoms much about our inner lives and relationships that is unexpectedly wondrous.'' --Booklist (starred review)

''This affecting collection periscopes into small lives, expanding them with stunning subtlety...Magical...Sensual.'' --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

''A generous collection of depth and sensitivity featuring a range of unusual characters.'' --O, The Oprah Magazine

''To read an Edith Pearlman story is to sense a mysterious voice singing just under the surface of the prose; it is to be so beguiled by elegance and wit that the inexorable surging power of the story astonishes when it finally hits the reader. Honeydew is brilliant. Edith Pearlman is among the greatest of the greats.'' --Lauren Groff, New York Times bestselling author of The Monsters of Templeton

''Edith Pearlman is a contemporary master of the short story, with an utterly distinctive voice - tartly observant, unfailingly compassionate, slyly amused. Honeydew is a stellar collection, a wide-ranging examination of Pearlman's favorite subjects - the mysteries of love and friendship, the indignities and compensations of growing older, and the knotty complexities of the human heart.'' --Tom Perrotta, New York Times bestselling author of The Leftovers

''Pearlman's majestic, fleet-footed new collection, is...cause for celebration. The stories in Honeydew excel at capturing the complex and surprising turns in seemingly ordinary lives...If Binocular Vision launched Pearlman, rightly, into the spotlight, Honeydew should cement her reputation as one of the most essential short story visionaries of our time.'' --New York Times Book Review

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