Review: Edith Pearlman’s ‘Honeydew’

January 16, 2015 6:32 PM

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If you have never read Edith Pearlman, you’re in for a lovely surprise, and if you have, you’re in for another treat. Honeydew, her first story collection since Binocular Vision, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction in 2012, displays deep wisdom about the quirkiness of happiness and human connections. These stories are filled with sly charm and a rich and precise vocabulary. Pearlman even writes elegantly about sex.

All 20 stories have been published previously, but unless your reading includes journals such as Salamander, Ascent and Fifth Wednesday, chances are they’ll be new to you. Less geographically far-flung than the stories in Binocular Vision, many are set in Godolphin, Massachusetts, Pearlman’s fiction...

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