Pushkin Press, £8.99
Paperback review: Binocular Vision, By Edith Pearlman
Boyd Tonkin is Senior Writer and a columnist at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Literary Editor at The Independent, and before that Social Policy Editor and then Books Editor at the New Statesman magazine. He has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes and has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize. In 2001, he re-founded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for literature in translation, and serves on its judging panel every year.
Friday 05 July 2013
If Edith Pearlman rings no bells, you have a terrific treat in store. The short-story writer from the suburbs of Boston emerges in this generous collection of her work as the equal of Updike or Munro.
For all her blade-sharp observation of middle-class desires and dreams, there's nothing parochial in her eye. A weight of history, and a span of feeling, expand the reach of every tale. Europe's genocidal trauma haunts her often, and in “If Love Were All” she fashions a classic story of the London Blitz. This book will make your summer shine.
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