Edith Pearlman, the short story writer known for her acclaimed collection Binocular Vision, has died at 86, the New York Times reports.

Pearlman, a Rhode Island native, was educated at Radcliffe College and worked as a computer programmer. She had been writing short stories for years when her first collection, Vaquita, was published by the University of Pittsburgh in 1996; a Kirkus reviewer called it “a solid debut from a writer worth keeping an eye on.”

Her second collection, Love Among the Greats, followed in 2002, with another, How To Fall, coming three years later.

But it was her fourth book, a collection of new and selected stories, that made her a literary star. Binocular Vision, published in 2011, was the first release from Lookout Books, an imprint based at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. The collection drew rave reviews from critics, with a Kirkus reviewer calling it “lovely and lyrical—a celebration of language and another virtuoso performance from a writer who does indeed deserve to be better known.”

The book went on to win the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction and was a finalist for the National Book Award. She followed it up in 2015 with the collection Honeydew.

Admirers of Pearlman paid tribute to her on social media. On Twitter, author Sarah Weinman wrote, “Edith Pearlman was one of the greatest short story writers ever.”

And writer David Ulin tweeted, “She was a writer of astonishing acuity and elegance. Her collection Binocular Vision was a revelation.”

Michael Schaub, a journalist and regular contributor to NPR, lives near Austin, Texas.