Honeydew

Honeydew

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Book - 2015
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"Over the past several decades, Edith Pearlman has staked her claim as one of the all-time 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. Her latest work, gathered in this stunning 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 the reader 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 to us with unsurpassed generosity. In prose as knowing as it is poetic, Pearlman shines a light on small, devastatingly precise moments to reflect the beauty and grace found in everyday life. Both for its artistry and for the recognizable lives of the characters it renders so exquisitely and compassionately, Honeydew is a collection that will pull readers back time and again. These stories are a crowning achievement for a brilliant career and demonstrate once more that Pearlman is a master of the form whose vision is unfailingly wise and forgiving." -- from publisher's website.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316297226
0316297224
Branch Call Number: Fic Pear
Characteristics: 279 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Pearlman, Edith 1936- Tenderfoot.

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spiderfelt_0
Feb 10, 2018

This collection of short stories isn't quite as phenomenal as the author's previous work, Binocular Vision, but really, that isn't a reason to look away. I chose this title for my bookclub because there was an audiobook version available for the one person who only 'reads' on audio. Anyone who finds any of these stories marginally interesting, should head straight for the shelf with Binocular Vision and check that out. Edith Pearlman creates engaging characters with an economy of words. I read one story per day in order to prolong the enjoyment.

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Orcacreative
Jan 25, 2016

Nice stories but I found the writing confusing at times.

LPL_RandiH Apr 04, 2015

What a writer! Her choice of words, her quirky but human characters, the lilt of her language which recalls the rhythm of Yiddish and her unexpected descriptive phrases like the one that declares that a character's nose "robbed her of beauty and, instead, made her irresistible" all combine to make this collection brilliant from start to finish

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