Edith Pearlman

Edith Pearlman received the 2011 PEN/Malamud award for short fiction, honoring her four collections of short stories: Vaquite, Love Among the Greats, How to Fall, and Binocular Vision, published by Lookout Books, received the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award. It was a finalist for other prizes: the National Book Award, the Story Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Award. This is her fourth appearance in Ecotone.

What the Ax Forgets the Tree Remembers

                                                                        I. The first hint of trouble came early in the morning. The telephone rang on Gabrielle’s desk in the lobby—her glass-topped, strategically placed desk: she could see everyone, anyone could see her. “It’s Selene,”…


Desmond Chapin opened his door to a spare, plainly dressed woman of about forty, nose tilted, reddish hair in a strict bun. “Miss . . .” “Valerie Gordon,” she said. “The new nanny.” “Well .

Borrowing Life: Berry Morgan’s “The Hill”

Berry Morgan—does anyone in the reading community recognize that name? But though now nearly lost to the world of letters, she once conducted a flourishing career. In 1966 Houghton Mifflin published her novel, Pursuit, and awarded her a Literary Fellowship…

The Ministry of Restraint

Had he ever seen such unappealing trams? Aquamarine, with azalea swirls. But: “Beauty is secondary,” Alain reassured the mayor of Muñez. “My wife would find something to praise.” And so she would, the generous Isabella. Isabella was blond,