Search Results: "Melissa Pritchard"


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PHOENIX by Melissa Pritchard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 1991

"But for most serious students of the Sixties, Kerouac is best, sharper, still the real thing."
This debut novel by a two-time Flannery O'Connor Award-winner (Spirit Seizures, 1987) is really a picaresque novella, the occasional chronicle of a young woman's life on the road during the heyday of hippiedom. Read full book review >

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A SOLEMN PLEASURE by Melissa Pritchard
Released: May 12, 2015

"As with many collections, the quality varies, but the best of these heartfelt essays bear powerful witness to suffering, compassion, and transcendence."
Essays in praise of writing and faith. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 2002

"Stories, like their heroine, so brave and full of life that obvious flaws—lapses in logic; tendencies to jump off romantic cliffs—are forgivable."
Novelist and short-story writer Pritchard (Selene of the Spirits, 1998, etc.) links eight tales in the life of her slightly off-kilter, often misguided but always-intriguing heroine. Read full book review >

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PALMERINO by Melissa Pritchard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"Although the florid prose and pages of 19th-century discourse sometimes suffocate the story and may prove off-putting for some readers, Pritchard excellently maintains control of a multifaceted exploration of lesbianism."
Pritchard (The Odditorium, 2012, etc.) blurs past and present, male and female, living and dead, and reality and fiction in a supernaturally infused, innovative story about Victorian-era novelist Vernon Lee and her modern-day biographer. Read full book review >

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SELENE OF THE SPIRITS by Melissa Pritchard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 16, 1998

"Fit to stand on the shelf with Fowles's The French Lieutenant's Woman and Byatt's Possession. (Author tour; TV satellite tour)"
paper 0-86538-095-3 Moving, deeply satisfying fiction, set with great exactitude in 1870s England, that chronicles the turbulent romance of an ambitious, scientist with a gifted young medium. Read full book review >

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LATE BLOOMER by Melissa Pritchard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 16, 2004

"The quirkiness feels forced, the sex dreary. Pritchard fans will be disappointed."
A middle-aged romance writer's affair with a younger man feeds her fiction in Pritchard's third novel (Selene of the Spirits, 1998, etc.), which aspires to comment on the genre. Read full book review >

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THE INSTINCT FOR BLISS by Melissa Pritchard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"For Oprah fans with literary pretensions."
The Flannery O'Connor Awardwinner (Spirit Seizures, 1987, etc.) collects another dozen of her stories from small literary magazines, all with a sort of creative-writing-school polish: the deep imagery, the quasi-poetic metaphors, the overwrought beginnings and endings, and the controlling single idea (i.e., the high concept). Read full book review >

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AND THE GREATEST OF THESE by Joe Pritchard
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"An appealing, if uneven, story of a cynic who grasps at a second chance at happiness."
In this novel of discovery, a jaded mental health professional breaks his own rules to assist a devoted couple caught up in an unforgiving system and finds himself opening up in ways he never imagined. Read full book review >

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THE SEVENTH JEWEL by J.J. Pritchard
Released: March 10, 2005

"Despite some stiffness, however, after being captured by the frigid mountaintop sacrifice of Munray in chapter one, readers will certainly want to follow to the end the fate of her people's descendents. (Quechua glossary, chronology of Incan emperors, bibliography) (10-12)"
Alternating first person accounts create a multi-genre adventure with an intriguing plot. Read full book review >

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CRACKPOTS by Sara Pritchard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 2003

"Ursula Hegi provides a laudatory preface, but, in spite of its separately captivating moments, Pritchard's debut (a Bakeless Prize winner) doesn't develop—or gain power—so much as just keep on going."
A loose-jointed first novel of a woman, from an eccentric family, whose life ends up unfocused. Read full book review >

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LATELY by Sara Pritchard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2007

"While exploring issues of self- and reinvention, of rootedness and disconnection, Pritchard brings her characters deeply and movingly to life."
Set in the fictional towns and suburban subdivisions of what Pritchard (Crackpots, 2003) calls New Northwest Pennsi-hi-o, these subtly linked 11 stories give dignity to characters whose quirky secret natures are often overlooked. Read full book review >

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ENGLISH PAPERS by William H. Pritchard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A subtle, modest chronicle, yet one that often burns with a hard, gemlike flame."
A quietly fierce, resoundingly literate pedagogic autobiography. Read full book review >