Pearlman was born in Providence, Rhode Island and graduated from Radcliffe College. She has worked in a computer firm and a soup kitchen and has served in the Town Meeting of Brookline, Massachusetts.
Her non-fiction has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Smithsonian Magazine, Preservation, Ploughshares. Her travel writing – about the Cotswolds, Budapest, Jerusalem, Paris, and Tokyo – has been published in The New York Times and elsewhere.
Awards and honors
- 2014 Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize, shortlist, Binocular Vision
- 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award, Binocular Vision
- 2011 Edward Lewis Wallant Award, Binocular Vision
- 2011 PEN/Malamud Award
- 2011 National Book Award for Fiction, finalist, Binocular Vision
- 2008 Pushcart Prize XXXIII, "Door Psalm"
- 2006 Best American Short Stories 2006, "Self-Reliance"
- 2003 The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, "The Story"
- 2001 Pushcart Prize XXV, "Mates"
- 2000 Best American Short Stories 2000, "Allog"
- 1999 The Antioch Review Distinguished Fiction Award
- 1998 Best American Short Stories 1998, "Chance"
- 1991 Syndicated Fiction Awards
- 1987 Syndicated Fiction Awards
- 1984 The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, "Conveniences"
- 1978 The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, "Hanging Fire"
Short story collections
- Vaquita and Other Stories. University of Pittsburgh Press. 1996. ISBN 082296211X. Winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize.
- Love Among the Greats and Other Stories. Eastern Washington University Press. 2002. ISBN 978-0-910055-80-2. Winner of Spokane Prize for Literature.
- How to Fall: stories. Sarabande Books. 2005. ISBN 978-1-932511-11-6. Winner of Mary McCarthy Prize.
- Binocular Vision: New and Selected Stories. Lookout Books. 2011. ISBN 0982338295.
- Kathleen Coskran, Calvin William Truesdale, ed. (1998). An inn near Kyoto: writing by American women abroad. New Rivers Press. ISBN 978-0-89823-181-6.
- David Farley, Jessie Sholl, ed. (2006). "The Kiss". Prague and the Czech Republic: true stories. Travelers' Tales. ISBN 978-1-932361-33-9.
- Edith Pearlman, Author Spotlight, Pen/O.Henry Prize Stories
- "Love Among the Greats by Edith Pearlman '57", Radcliffe Quarterly, Summer 2003
- Works by Edith Pearlman, New York Times, "Travel" section.
- Edith Pearlman, Poets&Writers, Directory of Writers.
- Edit Pearlman Awards, official website.
- "The 2014 Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize Shortlist" (Press release). Book Trade. November 27, 2013. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
- Edith Pearlman, official website.