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Running on heart: Edith Pearlman

Prior to "Binocular Vision," Edith Pearlman's writing had given her a feeling of success, some recognition and a small, devoted following – but not a large publishing contract.


Edith Pearlman has won three O. Henry Prizes, the PEN/Malamud Award and, announced last week, is long-listed for the National Book Awards in fiction. But as the following article from our archives shows, few in the 2011 mainstream even knew her name.

edith pearlman“Maybe from now on everyone will know of Edith Pearlman.” So ends Roxana Robinson’s review of Pearlman’s short-story collection Binocular Vision  in The New York Times Book Review. In her cover critique, Robinson expressed her amazement at not knowing Pearlman’s work. Similarly, the Los Angeles Times’ book critic relished telling his readers about the collection by an author he previously knew nothing about.

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