by Frank, May 25, 2005 12:38 PM
When Elizabeth Gilbert published the title story of this collection in Esquire at age 24, it was a good indicator of things to come. In the next few years, she won several awards with the stories that make up Pilgrims — stories with characters so real, and painted with such compassion and complexity, that you really do feel you know them. As a writer for GQ, Gilbert traffics in the stories of odd characters across the country. But she makes these characters her own creations, gives them a palpable reality, as much through what she doesn't say as through what she does.