(Short stories, 375 pp. 2011)
Spanning four decades and three prize-winning collections, these selected stories continue Edith Pearlman’s favorite theme of accommodation, as well as young love, old love, thwarted love, and love denied; of Jews and their dilemmas; of marriage, family, death, and betrayal. The settings are Maine, Central America, Hungary, Tsarist Russia, and the fictional town of Godolphin, Massachusetts. These locales, and the lives of the endlessly varied characters within them, are evoked with tenderness and incisiveness.
Review by Marcela Valdes, Washington Post, November 4, 2011
Review by Mark Lawson, The Guardian, February 28, 2013
Review by Leah Hager Cohen, Boston Globe, April 10, 2012
Review by Roxana Robinson, New York Times, January 16, 2011