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How to Fall: Stories (Mary Mccarthy Prize in Short Fiction) Paperback – 28 Feb 2005

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sarabande Books; 1 edition (28 Feb. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932511113
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932511116
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 1.5 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Edith Pearlman's collection of stories "Binocular Vision" was recommended to me and because of my very positive response to these pieces I bought "How to Fall" and was not disappointed. She writes so tellingly of human conditions and relationships, without ever being sensational, that it is easy to relate to her characters and feel their hopes, fears and frustrations. The stories are of sufficient length to have, each of them, a real and separate identity though some places and people reappear in different pieces. Some critics rate Edith Pearlman as the world's best short story writer: certainly, for me, she is up there with the best.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant, literary short-story collection! 26 July 2005
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I love literary fiction with dark humor, eccentric characters and an oddball, read-between-the-lines narrative. And that is why I absolutely adored Edith Pearlman's How to Fall. This short-story collection features several of the most incredible and thought-provoking stories I have read in a while. The characters seem mundane and unremarkable when the author first introduces them. Then the stories and their characters develop into disarming, off the wall nuances that compel you and make you laugh at the same time. My favorites stories are "Rules," "The Large Lady," and "Signs of Life." Those are my favorites, but all of the stories are wonderful and remarkable. How to Fall has floored me and I look forward to reading other works from Ms. Pearlman -- a master storyteller.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The Exemplar of Short Stories 9 Dec. 2011
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Edith Pearlman is simply the best writer of short stories, period. The character development, narratives and warmth of her stories are well-done-each and every one is a gem. They are not predictable, always interesting and entertaining. As a reader who doesn't usually pursue short stories, I've become a big fan of Pearlman and appreciate her work.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A true american literary talent! 19 July 2013
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A wonderful work of fiction. A wonderful read.Ms. Pearlman is a true gem of a writer. Beautiful, layered writing. A must read.
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Another wonderful collection by Pearlman 13 Feb. 2013
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If you like short stories, you will love Edith Pearlman. If you like Edith Pearlman, you should buy ALL of her collections, including this one. I will not review each of the stories, but she is an inspiration to me!
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Amazing! My new best friends are Edith Pearlman's stories 8 Sept. 2014
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Amazing ! My new best friends are Edith Pearlman's stories.
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