Edith Pearlman has been a secret much too long,' says author Ann Patchett of this Boston-based writer of fiction and non-fiction, whose work, while prolific and garlanded, remains relatively unknown. 'To that great list of human mysteries which includes the construction of the pyramids and the persistent use of Styrofoam as a packing material let me add this one: why isn’t Edith Pearlman famous?...' says Patchett in the introduction to Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories. Pearlman comes to Jewish Book Week to launch her work in Britain and will be in conversation with writer Tania Hershman about the art of the short story. She explains how this collection of both her favourite and brand new stories explores the Jewish diaspora and the complexities of loyalty and love, her interest in character, accommodation and dilemma. In the stories, heroes, heroines and singletons face marriage, family, death and betrayal.