"Honeydew should cement [Pearlman's] reputations as one of the most essential short story visionaries of our time."—The New York Times Book Review
"There remain a few dedicated practitioners of the short story, and Edith Pearlman is one to be cherished... The 20 stories [in Honeydew] are vinegary, rueful, droll, humane and endlessly inquisitive. Though intricately constructed, they are slight in drama and emphasis,set down like a light footprint that nevertheless fixes itself in one's memory as though pressed in wet cement."—The Wall Street Journal
"Pearlman is our greatest living American short story writer, and Honeydew is her best collection yet."
—The Boston Globe
"Even though [Pearlman's] characthers have feet of clay like the rest of us, they often seem to float above the rodinary world like the figures in a Chagall painting... What a pleasure to encounter a writer who can speak volumes in a few short sentences."—The Seattle Times
"If you have never read Edith Pearlman, you're in for a lovely surprise, and if you have, you're in for another treat... Honeydew is ripe with often bittersweet, unconventional love stories that somehow manage to encompass loss and pain yet reaffirm the value of living... Like Alice Munro, Pearlman deftly encapsulates whole lifetimes in compact stories by focusing on pivotal moments that reverberate over decades."—The Washington Post
"These elegant, compassionate stories bring 'regular' people to complex life. Pearlman's flawed characters demand your attention and win your heart."
"HONEYDEW is a collection of work so vivid, so true, and so vital that the reader herself comes away all the more real. How can a story do what Pearlman's stories do? She is an incomparable master."—Kelly Link, author of Magic for Beginners and Stranger Things Happen
"Edith Pearlman's work, so wise and witty, pierces right to the heart. Like Grace Paley and Penelope Fitzgerald, she can capture characters and their whole world in a few perfect lines: how does she do that? Her brilliant economy is matched only by her depth of feeling."—Andrea Barrett, author of Servants of the Map and Ship Fever
"Edith Pearlman is a contemporary master of the short story, with an utterly distinctive voice-tartly observant, unfailingly compassionate, slyly amused. HONEYDEW is a stellar collection, a wide-ranging examination of Pearlman's favorite subjects-the mysteries of love and friendship, the indignities and compensations of growing older, and the knotty complexities of the human heart."—Tom Perrotta, New York Times bestselling author of Election, Little Children, and The Leftovers
"To read an Edith Pearlman story is to sense a mysterious voice singing just under the surface of the prose; it is to be so beguiled by elegance and wit that the inexorable surging power of the story astonishes when it finally hits the reader. Honeydew is brilliant. Edith Pearlman is among the greatest of the greats."—Lauren Groff, New York Times bestselling author of Arcadia and The Monsters of Templeton
"For nearly five decades, Edith Pearlman has written stories that illumine and educate the mind and heart. Honeydew is the crowning achievement of an extraordinary career, required reading for all of us who love the short story form. To say it stands with the very best of Pearlman's work is the highest praise I can conceive of. She is a treasure."—Jennifer Haigh, PEN/ Hemingway winner and New York Times bestselling author of The Condition and New
"Pearlman returns with another collection of closely observed, often devastating stories . . . [She] writes with the wisdom of accumulated experience . . . Pearlman fills volumes with her economy of language . . . [and] serves up exemplary tales, lively and lovely."—Kirkus (Starred Review)
"This affecting collection periscopes into small lives, expanding them with stunning subtlety... Magical and sensual."--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"Pearlman not only writes with bewitching clarity, she also fathoms much about our inner lives and relationships that is unexpectedly wondrous."
—Booklist (Starred Review)
"A generous collection of depth and sensitivity featuring a range of unusual characters."
"Edith Pearlman's short stories have often been compared with John
Updike's, and the comparison is apt...All of the powerful emotions are
depicted in rich, controlled prose, one of the earmarks of a Pearlman
story. Whether it be for carefully dissecting her characters' feelings
or observing tiny details, Pearlman reveals her acute eye time and time
again... In the tradition of Joyce, Chekhov, Updike and Munro,
Pearlman's surprising, memorable stories are joys to behold."