Little Edens: Stories

W.W. Norton & Company
January 28, 2005
January 28, 2005

These eight magical stories address the Edenic spaces that people create in their lives and the serpents that subtly inhabit them. In “Rug Weaver” (selected for Best American Short Stories 2001) an Iranian rug dealer makes a paradise of his prison cell by weaving an elaborate rug in his mind. Grieving parents in the title story transfigure a luxury subdivision in southern California into a vision of heaven. And in the novella “The Palm Tree of Dilys Cathcart” an unlikely love story unfolds between an Orthodox Jewish butcher and a lonely English piano teacher, who discovers a hunger for intimacy and ritual as she helps the butcher transcribe the mysterious songs he hears in his head. These and other stories constitute an elegant and richly evocative collection about the complexities of worldly and spiritual desires.

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Praise for Little Edens: Stories

With Little Edens, Barbara Klein Moss seems to have come into the world full-blown. These stories, beautifully balanced and assured, are filled with wisdom, humor, sadness, and love. The concluding novella is magnificent. The sturdy, elegant structure, the building eroticism and the way that weaves so seamlessly into the mysticism — well, it is utterly memorable.”
– Andrea Barrett
Moss’s readings of heart and mind are impressive enough; but where she excels is at the workbench. The right word, the flawless sentence, the echoing simile — Moss can write.”
– James H. Bready, Baltimore Sun