Edith Pearlman may not be a household name yet, but there's no question that she should be. Her short-story collection, “Binocular Vision,” is among the best I've ever read. In the Monitor's February review, we noted, “Pearlman writes with a kind of serene precision that would astonish any writer. The stories' settings range from fictional Godolphin, Mass., to Jerusalem, Latin America, and tsarist Russia, but the note-perfect word choices and resolute compassion remain.” In a foreword, novelist Ann Patchett predicted that “Binocular Vision” would be the book that elevates Pearlman's stories alongside Alice Munro's and John Updike's. Happily, she was right.