Edith Pearlman Love Among the Greats

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Love Among the Greats

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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, all of them brought with a stunning restraint and clarity reminiscent of Joyce's Dubliners. Edith Pearlman's characters are children, old women, young men, rabbis, toy makers, lovers, invalids, immigrants, schmoozers, angels, and fools; all of them perfectly real and accessible, all of them drawn with a kind of comic quietude that only excellent writers can sustain.

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EDITH PEARLMAN has published stories in The Massachusetts Review, Yankee Magazine, The Antioch Review, and The Kenyon Review, among many other journals and has twice been included in Best American Short Stories anthologies. Her first book of stories, Vaquita (Pittsburgh, 1996), won the Drue Heinz Prize for fiction.

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Pearlman paints a poignant, evocative series of portraits in her second short story collection, bringing her wide-ranging curiosity and intelligence to bear on an assemblage of unusual characters. A toy executive is transferred to a Czech village in "Toyfolk," and befriends a couple of toy collectors whose relationship is not what it seems. Two older single women, an obituary writer and a seamstress, find their passing relationship transformed into a lasting friendship when they escape a fire together in "Fitting." Several interrelated stories chronicle the life of Michal, the only child of a Midwestern Jewish college professor and his lovely gentile wife. In the title story, Michal survives a brief failed marriage and finds love at last with black pediatrician Malachi in the stacks of the Harvard library. Pearlman's sophisticated, off-kilter take on matters of the heart also illuminates "Fidelity," the brief story of a love triangle commencing when the protagonists are in their 60s and ending 20 years later. Some of her stories are so underplayed that they fall flat, but Pearlman is a compassionate narrator who uses irony and subtle humor to expose the flaws and foibles of her characters. As was the case in Vaquita, her award-winning debut effort, she shows herself to be a writer of uncommon depth and wisdom, with a penchant for adding a folkish touch to her plots and lessons.
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