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Category Archive for 'Edith Pearlman'

“Self-Reliance”

“Self-Reliance” struck me as an interesting story to end with since most of the previous stories never ended with death. In the very beginning of the story, I had a feeling that the overall reason behind Cornelia’s actions of buying a quiet home in New Hampshire, becoming more in tune with her surroundings and nature, […]

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Finishing this book, I am once again impressed and confused by Edith Pearlman.  One thing that I haven’t really talked about is the age of many of her characters.  In “Aunt Telephone,” Susan’s childhood, adolescence, and adulthood are explored through voice.  Pearlman manages to make the voice of Susan mature as she does.  She introduces […]

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Pearlman and Relationships

One thing that I find fascinating about Pearlman’s stories in Binocular Vision is her exploration and portrayal of different relationship dynamics.  In “Mates”, the story is told in first person (which was shocking since all of her other stories are in third person and usually jump around with perspective).  It explores the family dynamic of […]

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Book Review

This is a review of one of Edith Pearlman’s earlier collections How to Fall; however, it is interesting because the reviewer makes the comment that Pearlman’s work always includes some sort of conflict for her characters, yet they still seem to make it through the challenge in the end. I thought this was an interesting […]

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I’m including a link to an interview Edith Pearlman did back in April regarding her work and the importance of short fiction. Link to article.

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The Question of Inspiration

Julie went ahead and posted the link for Edith Pearlman’s website as a whole, but I felt her commentary on where she get’s the inspiration for her pieces should stand alone, as it’s really quite good. At readings I welcome the inevitable question: where do you get your ideas? My ideas come from musings, from […]

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Edith Pearlman’s Website

Hi all! Here is a start to our presentation on Tuesday. McKinsey and I thought that it would be fun for you guys just to explore her website and get a feel of who she is as a person. We have all gotten to know her through her stories, but let’s try and get to […]

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This is the second time I’ve read the title story of this collection, Binocular Vision. I was struck by how much my understanding of the story changed, or in some cases didn’t, over the course of a year. The last time I read this I found myself frustrated, she gives us so little bout the […]

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I felt it was of some importance to explore Edith Pearlman’s “Binocular Vision” considering that it is the title piece in the collection.  On a base level this seems particularly apt as the story itself explores the complicated relationships between adults, mirroring much of what Pearlman’s short stories on a whole emulate. Again, as the […]

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I was instantly warmed by the couple’s story in, “The Coat.” I was made aware once again of Pearlman’s timing of the spilling of details within each characters life. I found that this story had much more missing than most of the other stories we have read in the last two weeks. I was also […]

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