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Monthly Archive for January, 2013

I was surprisingly captivated by Edith Pearlman’s short stories.  What I found the most interesting was the structure of the stories and the attention to detail.  Most pieces of literature are structured in a specific way, quickly establishing scene by introducing who the main characters are, where the story is located, what is happening, and […]

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  This set of stories gave me trouble. I found myself having a hard time distancing myself from them, especially the last two. Even now I’m having a hard time trying to relate the experience of reading these stories because so much of my reading was conflated with stories from my own family history. The […]

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Edith Pearlman’s “Toy Folk” was of particular interest to me, primarily due to its snapshot structure, meaning the manner in which the point of view and perspective continuously switches between Fergus and Barbara.  I felt this method was exceptionally well done, as it appeared to emphasis the difference and lack of cohesion in their relationship […]

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Day of Awe

I was particularly compelled by “Day of Awe” in Edith Pearlman’s collection of stories Binocular Vision. I will tell the truth, and say that these stories were a bit hard to get in to. Pearlman’s details were well thought and dictated on the page in an appropriate manner, but I felt as though they did […]

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I had not researched much about Edith Pearlman before reading the stories assigned, but was instantly drawn in due to the lessons learned by each main character in the end. In the first story, “Inbound,” Sophie gets the chance to see what life is like without her family constantly at her side when she wonders […]

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Below is an interview novelist Carrie Brown conducted in 2012 with award-winning author Edith Pearlman, who will visit Sweet Briar on Wednesday, March 13, for an 8 p.m. reading in the Pannell Art Gallery. The reading is free and open to the public.

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