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Love Among the Greats and Other Stories

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Winner of the first annual Spokane Prize for Fiction, Love Among the Greats is a magnificent world tour of characters, tones, and fictional structures, all of them brought to life with a stunning restraint.
Paperback, 149 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Eastern Washington University Press
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Richard Derus
Nov 05, 2012 Richard Derus rated it really liked it
Rating: 4.5* of five

The Book Description: 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.
The title story begins: “At the dinner following Michal's wedding to Bellamy they did the chair thing. It was a Jewish wedding, after all – as Jewish as a wedding could be when the
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Jeanne
May 25, 2015 Jeanne rated it really liked it
I saw a review of Pearlman's latest collection of short stories so figured I would start with her award-winning first collection. Well just about every site that sold the very short paperback book had it priced at least $40 or more, which made it all the more intriguing! Hopefully the original publisher will reprint these now that there is some renewed interest in her - I got my copy at the library.

These stories really are vividly rendered and some even link the same characters through a couple
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Alice
May 28, 2015 Alice rated it liked it
I love Edith Pearlman's stories. This volume was a bit less of a homerun than Binocular Vision and Honeydew, but it is still worth reading. Pearlman has a low-key style, sly wit and a wonderful way of describing her characters to a Tee in a very few well-chosen words. The fictional town of Godolphin, supposedly somewhere near Boston, Mass., appears in a few stories. Readers of Pearlman's other collections will recognize the town from other stories. This may not be her best collection, but even P ...more
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Sep 06, 2009 Rachel rated it liked it
Ben described this edition's design as "piss-poor," and I agree. The wrong format for commas and single quotes, two lines on the last page of the book, a grainy low-res cover, and several embarrassing typos. The writing itself is fine, I'd say not as entertaining as Vaquita on the whole, or maybe I'm just getting used to Pearlman's style.
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This is a collection of short stories by Edith Pearlman, a nice little book.
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Edith Pearlman, born in 1936, published her debut collection of stories in 1996, at age 60. Last year, she won The National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction for Binocular Vision. She has published over 250 works of short fiction in magazines, literary journals, anthologies and online publications. Her work has won three O. Henry Prizes, the Drue Heinz Prize for Literature, and a Mary McCarthy ...more
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