Hammer and Company

“Before I was a writer, I was a reader and reading remains a necessary activity, occupying several joyous hours of every day. I like novels, essays, and biographies but most of all I like the short story: narrative at its most confiding.”

Binocular Vision

Honeydew includes 20 powerful new stories, including familiar places and entirely new settings, from a cruise ship to a hospital. Her characters ranges from as young as teens to as old as the elderly couple in "Assisted Living".

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Binocular Vision
Binocular Vision

Binocular Vision includes 18 stories from the previous three books and three early stories never collected. It includes also 13 new stories, in which Edith Pearlman's favorite theme of accommodation continues, as well as the themes of young love, old love, thwarted love, and love denied; of Jews and their dilemmas; of marriage, family, death, and betrayal.

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How to Fall

Selected by Joanna Scott as the winner of the 2003 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, How to Fall is a darkly humorous, deeply observant collection that welcomes the world's immense variety with confidence.

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Love Among the Greats

Winner of the first annual Spokane Prize for Short Fiction, Love Among the Greats is a magnificent world tour of characters, tones, and fictional structures, rendered with a stunning restraint and clarity reminiscent of Joyce's Dubliners.

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“And I'm drawn to heat: sweltering Central American cities; a steamy soup kitchen; Jerusalem in midsummer; the rekindled passion of an old historian; the steady fire of terminal pain. I like solitaries, oddities, charlatans, and children. My characters are secretive; in almost every story somebody harbors a hidden love, dread, regret, or the memory of an insult awaiting revenge.”

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