Honeydew

Honeydew Review

A new story collection from Edith Pearlman, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and finalist for the National Book Award for her last collection, Binocular Vision.

From the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Binocular Vision, Honeydew further solidifies Edith Pearlman's place among the likes of all-time great story writers such as John Updike, Alice Munro, Frank O'Connor, and Anton Chekhov.

Pearlman writes about the predicaments of being human. The title story involves an affair, an illegitimate pregnancy, anorexia, and adolescent drug use, but the real excitement comes from the intricate attention Pearlman devotes to the interior life of young Emily, who wishes she were a bug. In "Sonny," a mother prays for her daughters to be barren so they never have to experience the death of a child. "The Golden Swan" transports the reader to a cruise ship with lavish buffets-and a surprise stowaway.

In prose that is as wise as it is poetic, Pearlman shines light on small, devastatingly precise moments to reflect the beauty and grace found in everyday life. She maps the psychological landscapes of her exquisitely rendered characters with unending compassion and seeming effortlessness.

Both for its artistry and for the lives of the characters it presents, Honeydew is a collection that will pull readers back time and again. These stories demonstrate once more that Pearlman is a master of the form and that hers is a vision unfailingly wise and forgiving.

Title:Honeydew
Edition Language:English

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    Honeydew Reviews

  • Diane S ?

    These stories are told in a vey economical use of prose and yet vividly descriptive. Many take place in Godolphin, Mass. And four stories contain Rennie. Two, prominently feature her and her store for...

  • Rebecca McNutt

    Honeydew, set mostly in Massachusetts, is a good collection of short stories that each employ a concise yet powerful use of prose and vocabulary. In many ways it reminded me of an earlier book I'd rea...

  • Rebecca

    I don’t know what it is with me lately, but I seem to lack staying power with story collections. I read the first 40% of Pearlman’s most recent book on my Kindle and then just felt no need to cont...

  • Carly

    Not my cup of tea. Have you ever read something where the overwhelming, thinks-it's-invisible-but-isn't whiteness makes you feel suffocated by the narrowness of it all? That is how this collection mad...

  • Taryn Pierson

    This one came to my attention when it appeared on the fiction longlist for the National Book Award. I had never heard of Edith Pearlman (apparently I’m in good company there, as everything I read ab...

  • Ellie

    Honeydew: Stories is the second collection of short stories I've read by Edith Pearlman (Binocular Vision is the other). The quality of the writing is breathtaking. And each story is as satisfying as ...

  • Abby

    Where has Edith Pearlman been all our reading lives? Right down the road in Brookline, Massachusetts, turning out sparkling gems of short stories that are filled with strikingly intimate observation a...

  • Dolly Anderson

    "Honeydew" is a collection of short stories. I received this book through the Goodreads/First Reads program for an honest review.Early reviews gave much praise for this collection of short stories and...

  • Sarah Cammelot

    Finally finished this one... Eh. I can appreciate Pearlman's use of language-- she really is stellar at economically using prose in a vivid way, but there was just something about these stories that n...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    Pearlman is a good writer, I just set these aside when they weren't on the National Book Award shortlist. I'd still recommend her!...