January 11, 2011
Direct price: $15
Retail price: $18.95
5.5 x 8.5 with French flaps
winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award
winner of the 2011 PEN/Malamud Award
winner of the 2012 Harold U. Ribalow Prize, given by Hadassah
winner of the 2012 Julia Ward Howe Prize
winner of the 2011 ForeWord Book of the Year (stories)
winner of the 2011 Edward Lewis Wallant Award
a 2011 finalist for the National Book Award
a 2011 finalist for The Story Prize
a 2011 finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize
In this sumptuous offering, one of our premier storytellers provides a feast for fiction aficionados. Spanning four decades and three prize-winning collections, these twenty-one classic selected stories and thirteen scintillating new ones take us around the world, from Jerusalem to Central America, from tsarist Russia to London during the Blitz, from central Europe to Manhattan, and from the Maine coast to Godolphin, Massachusetts, a fictional suburb of Boston. These charged locales, and the lives of the endlessly varied characters within them, are evoked with a tenderness and incisiveness found in only our most observant seers.
No matter the situation in which her characters find themselves—an unforeseen love affair between adolescent cousins, a lifetime of memories unearthed by an elderly couple’s decision to shoplift, the deathbed secret of a young girl’s forbidden forest tryst with the tsar, the danger that befalls a wealthy couple’s child in a European inn of misfits—Edith Pearlman conveys their experience with wit and aplomb, with relentless but clear-eyed optimism, and with a supple prose that reminds us, sentence by sentence, page by page, of the gifts our greatest verbal innovators can bestow.