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Disappearing Ingenue


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This wildly imaginative collection presents the misadventures of unlikely heroine Eleanor Stoddard as she tries to lead an exemplary life but finds that things just keep going awry. In the summer after sixth grade, she dreams of being as courageous as Anne Frank. As a teenager, her sudden devotion to Catholicism coincides with her crush on a nun. As a suburban housewife who suspects her husband of having an affair, she imitates Nancy Drew to try to solve her own personal mystery. And as a middle-aged woman, she embarks on a trek through Central America accompanied by a rescued laboratory gorilla. While Eleanor makes her way through a whirlwind of adventures with life and love in which she is constantly reinventing her identity and rethinking her priorities, she manages to become a first-rate student, a published poet, and a loyal mother. Each story offers a glimpse into her familiar and charmingly odd journey, and she comes hilariously to life in these disarming tales.


"Delightfully odd."Entertainment Weekly


"Wildly imaginative. . . . Endearingly quirky." Glamour


"There is so much in Pritchard's talent that amazes: her dazzling language, the constant surprise of her details, the keen eye for dishonesty and disappointment." The Chicago Tribune


"Pritchard's writing is precise and lucid . . . sharp and funny." The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Melissa Pritchard is the author of two short story collections, The Instinct for Bliss and Spirit Seizures, and two novels, Phoenix and Selene of the Spirits. Pritchard was awarded a Pushcart Prize for "Funktionslust"; which appeared in The Paris Review. Her story "Salve Regina" was included in Prize Stories 2000: The O. Henry Awards. Among numerous other awards, she has received the Flannery O'Connor Award, the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, and a Howard Foundation Fellowship from Brown University. She is Director of the M.F.A. Creative Writing Program at Arizona State University and is on the faculty of Spalding University.

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shinyshinystar, September 29, 2010 (view all comments by shinyshinystar)
As always, Melissa Pritchard delivers a poignant, devilishly humorous book. Like all of her other books, the words themselves are both beautiful on the page, and extraordinary to read. Pritchard has almost TOO much talent, which puts her in a category of her own. She, herself, is an ingenue, a writer of the highest quality and form, publishing books which will resonate in her readers' hearts and minds for years to come.

If you have not personally discovered this author, I highly urge you to do so. Start at the beginning of her writing career, with the highly esteemed and awarded collection of short stories, Spirit Seizures, and continue on into the stories and novels that followed. Melissa Pritchard has a tremendous ability to speak to her reader in a frequently changing, yet ever endearing voice of truth. She is one of the finest living authors of this time.
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Pritchard, Melissa
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