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Editorial Reviews


All are set apart, a Diane Arbus-like gallery whose personalities remain elusive, receding more completely as their deformities are more cunningly displayed.

-- New York Times Book Review

These are powerful, jolting stories. Melissa Pritchard is one of our finest writers.

-- Annie Dillard

Pritchard possesses a gift for depicting diverse characters, times, and locales. ― Ms. Magazine

It is a rare and gifted writer whose far flung imagination deftly conjures the bizarre and unreal into stories and then, through compelling prose, completely immerses the reader in the world of her creation. Melissa Pritchard is such a writer.

-- Roanoke Times

Her stories are generously, excitingly creative. They take hold. -- North American Review

The characters in this remarkable first collection . . . are adventurers, explorers of an uncharted interior wilderness of dreams and visions, possessed by spirits, premonitions of death. . . . A welcome antidote to the minimalist perspective of recent years, she makes her characters come alive.

Providence Sunday Journal

An impressive collection of short stories dealing with the confusion, dislocation, and pain of loss. . . . This book is rich in spirit.

-- Belles Lettres

Pritchard shows a descriptive ability that is uncannily original.

-- Chicago Tribune

Pritchard's writing, at its best, is the kind that creates legitimate space for the eccentric without crowding out the ordinary; a writer who can do this well is trustworthy and worth reading again and again. -- Harriet Leach ― Chicago magazine

Restless souls and wrestling spirits are motivating combinations in the characters perceived with uncommon acuity in these stories, set in varying locales. ― Publishers Weekly

About the Author

MELISSA PRITCHARD is the author of twelve books, including a biography and collection of essays. Her first short story collection, Spirit Seizures, won the 1988 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the Carl Sandburg Award, the James Phelan Award from the San Francisco Foundation and was named a New York Times Editor’s Choice and Notable Book of the Year. A five time winner of Pushcart and O. Henry Prizes and consistently cited in Best American Short Stories, Melissa has published fiction and non-fiction in such literary journals, anthologies, textbooks, magazines as The Paris Review, Ploughshares, A Public Space, Conjunctions, Agni, Ecotone, The Gettysburg Review, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Nation, the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. A recent Marguerite and Lamar Smith Fellow at the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians in Columbus, Georgia, Melissa’s newest novel is Tempest: The Extraordinary Life of Fanny Kemble (2021).

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ University of Georgia Press (October 1, 2011)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 192 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0820341053
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0820341057
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 9 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.45 x 8.5 inches
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