Welcome to the first installment of The Hinge Story! The Hinge has brought together readers and writers of poetry in other installments (see discussions of work by Dorianne Laux, Alan Shapiro, and Michael McFee, among others), and we’ve been delighted by the response from readers and the generosity of the writers who have offered their time and work to this project.
This month, we are reading Edith Pearlman’s “The Story” in honor and anticipation of her April 19 reading at the Regulator Bookshop in Durham. Pearlman’s collection of new and selected stories, Binocular Vision, was published in 2011 by North Carolina’s own Lookout Books. As Lookout’s debut publication, Binocular Vision won the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction and was named a finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and The Story Prize. Pearlman will join our discussion on April 17 from 3-4. Her North Carolina book tour, sponsored in part by the N.C. Arts Council, will include stops at UNC-Wilmington, Park Road Books, Davidson College, the Levine-Sklut Judaic Library, and The Regulator (7:00 on April 19! Don’t miss it!).
“The Story” appears below. Please feel free to post your questions, answers and observations in the comment section (if you’re on the home page, you’ll first need to click on “Leave a comment” below or the headline above.) Read what others have written, engage, discuss–and don’t forget to return on April 17 from 3-4, when Edith Pearlman will join the discussion.